Grantham singers get together to film NHStival choir in support of health services

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A choir in Grantham is showing solidarity with others across the country in support of NHS health services.

The NHStival choir for Lincolnshire, made up of about 80 singers from two choirs - Syncapella and Raised in Song - sang Coldplay’s ‘Fix You’ for the video. They are led by singer/songwriter Abi Moore and practice weekly at Harlaxton and Barrowby. Among the singers were Grantham Hospital campaigners and NHS staff, one who has served 45 years.

Singers gather to sing for the NHStival video at Manthorpe Church.

Singers gather to sing for the NHStival video at Manthorpe Church.

Sarah Stock, of Fighting 4 Life Lincolnshire, said: “Amongst the chaos of the engineered collapse of the NHS, we found time last night to sing together for our local A&E and for our regional services being ripped apart by the national directive. NHS staff, some now retired, joined in song to celebrate what’s left of our crumbling NHS with the beautiful and fitting song, ‘Fix You’ by Coldplay.

“Twelve of the singers, yours truly included, are and were NHS staff, some now retired. Dr Porter and his wife Amber came along to support and all were blown away by these amazing voices of 70/80 strong choir.

“We will be uploading our local NHStival Choir and the county-combined NHStival Choir video in time for the 69th anniversary of our NHS on July 5 and my massive thanks go to Abi Moore and her two local choirs. Awesome local voices raising the roof of Manthorpe Church, Grantham last night for the recording. Truly beautiful! Overwhelming!”

Later in the year it is hoped to get all of the county choirs together to sing in unison and raise funds for local health causes.