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Hospital book donations hits all the right notes

A choir made up of local NHS staff and friends has been serenading the public in order to provide books for teenagers.

The Trust Singers, a group of 20 members, many from Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, have raised money to provide books for the Adolescent section of the Children’s Clinic Outpatients Department at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

Debbie Molloy is a paediatric staff nurse and a member of the Trust Singers. She said: “We had a lot of appearances over the festive period such as at the Victorian Market in Garstang and Tesco Extra in Blackpool.

We have performed at several venues and managed to raise over £600. We have split the monies raised between a couple of charities and the Children’s Clinic.

“The department was really in need of age appropriate books for the older children to read while they wait for their appointments.”

Children’s Play Specialist, Leanne Lamb, said: “Receiving these books is amazing.

Unfortunately, books that are suitable for adolescents are not often donated, so it’s great to be able to offer a great choice now.

“It will certainly make their waiting time more interesting.”

The Trust Singers were formed around five years ago when it was originally funded by the Trust’s Staff Lottery.

The group is now self-funded and welcomes new members. Their repertoire ranges from choir classics to pop and modern favourites.

If you are interested in joining or hiring the choir, you can find more information at www.trustsingers.com

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