Flash Choir in Bristol’s Bearpit Saturday 13th December 11:30hrs

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December 12, 2014 by Protect Our NHS

THE BIG SING – TO THANK NHS STAFF
More than 70 singers, many from community choirs in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset, have been rehearsing under the leadership of well-known local choir teacher, Wendy Sergeant, and on Saturday 13th at 11.30am, they will come together in Bristol’s Bearpit for a few minutes to sing out a huge THANK YOU FOR THE CARE to NHS staff. This Flash Choir is part of Protect our NHS’ month long residency in the Bearpit to promote:

The NHS has been under terrible pressure for the last four years. It has faced cuts of £20 billion and faces a further £30 billion of cuts before 2020. Its doctors have been criticised and attacked, its nurses have been demonised and overworked, its ancillary staff underpaid, and 70% of all new service contracts since 2010 have gone out to private health companies who try to make profits from our illnesses. But through it all the staff have kept working and kept providing round the clock care to anyone in need, however poor, however rich – and once again we want to say THANK YOU!

For further information please contact:

Choir Organiser: Sara Halsey at: sara.halsey@talktalk.net
Or: Steve Timmins on 0784 123 8588

-ENDS-

Notes for Editors:
The Big Sing Flash Choir will be singing, Thank you for the Care, an adaptation of Ray Davies’ beautiful song, Thank you for the Days. Original choir arrangement by Nickomo. Words by Kelvin MacDonald Fraser and Steve Timmins.

Wendy Sergeant worked in the NHS as a nurse and a manager before developing her new career as a choir leader in the West Country. Apart from leading community choirs in North Somerset, she co-runs a weekly “Singing for the Brain” group for people with Dementia and their carers in Clevedon and runs a choir at Penny Brohn Cancer Care for people with cancer, their loved ones and anyone connected to the charity. For more details please see: http://wendysergeant.vpweb.co.uk/Home.html.

Protect our NHS represents more than 8,000 local people who have signed petitions organised by the online campaigning group 38 Degrees to oppose the privatisation of NHS services. It has over 300 members on its active e mail list and between 20 and 30 people attend its fortnightly meetings.

The Protect our NHS blog contains information on many of the issues facing the NHS in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset.
Blog: http://www.protectournhs.wordpress.com
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