Christmas cheer at Asda Patchway from charity choirs supporting the National Health Service

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December 05, 2018
Melody Makers Choir and Horfield Primary School Choir singing at Asda Patchway

Members of the Melody Makers Choir and Horfield Primary School Choir spread a little extra festive cheer with a performance at our Patchway store in Bristol.

The choirs teamed up to record We Are The Same Inside to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the National Health Service and their appearance at our Patchway store was only their third in public, following performances at Southmead Hospital and the Concorde Museum.

It's one of a series of festive treats arranged by colleagues at our Patchway store.

Caroline Canty, the store's community champion, said: “The Melody Makers were absolutely fantastic, and their performance was the perfect start to the festive season."

All proceeds raised from downloads will be donated to Southmead Hospital Charity to support patients and fund medical research and new equipment at North Bristol NHS Trust. Find out how to download the track here.

The 80 strong-choir is made up of people from communities surrounding Southmead Hospital, including many former patients, NHS staff as well as children from Horfield Primary School.

We Are The Same was composed and written by Natalie Veal, who said: "Every member of the choir - the musicians, the children of Horfield Primary School and myself - have put a lot of love into this song; it’s our way of thanking the hospital staff and giving back to our community.

"We are all hugely excited about the fundraising this will bring to the charity and I’m so proud of the choir’s achievement and their infectious enthusiasm throughout this project. We’ve loved singing with the children, who’ve added a sprinkle of magic to our song."

This Christmas the charity is asking everyone to download the song for just 99p on iTunes or across other download sites to support the hospital, its patients and help fund projects that improve the NHS for future generations.

Adrian Brown, corporate and community manager for Southmead Hospital Charity, said: "When Natalie approached us with the idea of releasing a song to raise money we were delighted – it is a unique, creative and inspired way to fundraise and we are so grateful for the time and efforts that everyone involved has dedicated to it.

"We hope everyone in Bristol, and beyond, will download the song this Christmas to celebrate our NHS – it’s a small thing but it can make a big difference to healthcare now and in the future."

Find out more about the song, watch the video at www.southmeadhospitalcharity.org.uk/song it and find download links here.

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