Leeds choir is tuning up to tackle poverty

Teacher Lucy Racster pictured with the school choir at Manston Primary School, Leeds.
Teacher Lucy Racster pictured with the school choir at Manston Primary School, Leeds.
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These talented youngsters are set to sing out in the battle against poverty.

The choir from Manston Primary will be joining an army of bands at Trinity Leeds to bring Christmas cheer to shoppers.

The festive music and carols will help to raise money for St Vincent’s Centre, in Leeds, to fight poverty in the city.

The centre, which is based in east Leeds, aims to support families and individuals who are living on a financial knife edge.

And the money raise will help to support its work over the festive period to provide emergency food parcels, presents and Christmas meals to vulnerable people in the community.

Year five class teacher Lucy Racster said: “The children are incredibly excited. They love singing and they love performing.

“We are always looking to support local charities and when we heard from St Vincent’s we wanted to get involved.”

Caitlin Branagan, fundraiser for St Vincent’s, said the charity is working with Trinity Leeds this year to help offer work placements.

She said: “Christmas is our busiest time of the year and we give out food parcels to families in need as well as toys to children who wouldn’t receive them.

“We really hope people come and listen as well as showing their support for the centre.”

The performances and collections for the charity will take place on Friday and Saturday from 10am to 7pm.

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