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Issue:- SATURDAY 13 June 2015

SingMe Merseyside's community spirit resonates around Barnstondale

SINGME Merseyside who are a community group that offers musical, creative and performance activities; held its bimonthly SingMe Together fundraiser in aid of, and at, Barnstondale Activity Centre, on 11 June 2015, which raised £800. Barnstondale is currently fundraising to pay for an improved MUGA (Multi Use Games Area) concourse and the amount donated will contribute significantly to the required total.

Around 100 people attended the choral, coffee and cake morning, where they enjoyed the choir's performance in Barnstondale's recently upgraded conference room. The morning's entertainment was made complete by a guest appearance from Barnstondale's mascot, Barnie Owl, who was an absolute hoot! Supporters contributed towards fundraising through ticket payments and a raffle.

SingMe Merseyside's activities range from evening singing club classes and afternoon tea sing-a-longs to workplace singing and activity sessions. The community group's clubs include a drama club, breakfast club and coffee club, which it provides in conjunction with Starbucks. The SingMe Together meetings are a chance for all members of SingMe Merseyside to meet as one to socialise, perform and find out more about the wider range of services the group offers. Each SingMe Together is also a fundraiser, aimed at building relationships with the local community, and a different charity benefits every time. This month was the turn of Barnstondale.

Barnstondale Centre is an overnight getaway destination and activity centre situated in the village of Barnston, Wirral. It serves many purposes and caters to the needs of people of all abilities. Its facilities include three large log cabins (used for accommodation), a sports hall, conference room, climbing and abseiling wall, rifle shooting and archery range, outdoor MUGA and over 12 acres of woodland. Despite being a commercial enterprise, the charity relies on fundraising and charitable donations to cover its capital investment costs. Barnstondale has a long history of being a safe escape for inner-City children, providing a rare opportunity for them to enjoy the outdoors and learn associated skills, such as rope knots and river crossing.

Commented Heidi Hughes, Business Director at Barnstondale:- "The MUGA (Multi Use Games Area) is a core feature of our site, both in terms of its location and its purpose. It enables groups to play numerous games in a safe environment and it is used on a daily basis. Since it was 1st installed in 2009, wear and tear has caused colours to fade on the surface and the lines have become less prominent. The proceeds from this concert will contribute significantly to the fundraising for this project, which will help ensure the visiting children from Merseyside continue to enjoy the safe play outdoors. A lot of people don't realise that we are a charity, and so the vast majority of our fundraising is through grants. It's very exciting to be welcoming community fundraising to our schedule of activities and we're very grateful to SingMe Merseyside for choosing to support Barnstondale."

For more information on how you can fundraise for Barnstondale, contact Heidi Hughes on:- 0151 648 1412 or email:- heidi@barnstondale.org.

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