Kate Green MP and the Stroke Association’s North West Community Choir teamed up to bring some sunshine to Stretford Mall on Saturday 20 February, as shoppers were treated to a colourful musical performance.
The charity choir, made up of stroke survivors, carers, volunteers and staff from Greater Manchester, surprised shoppers with an impromptu performance of Bring Me Sunshine, along with other summer themed songs.
The performance was organised by the Stroke Association to raise awareness of their new fundraising initiative, Bring Me Sunshine. Kate Green MP for Stretford and Urmston attended to meet the choir and show her support for the charity.
This February, the Stroke Association is inviting the UK to bring the sunshine back this winter and host a ‘Bring Me Sunshine’ party. The charity is urging people to swap their winter wardrobe for sunglasses and flip flops, and throw a summer-themed party to raise vital funds for people affected by stroke.
Joyce Booth, Life After Stroke Coordinator at the Stroke Association and Chairman of the North West Community Choir, said, “This February, we’re looking forward to seeing bright, sunny spells all over the UK as people host Bring Me Sunshine parties. So we thought what better way to spread the word than a performance of Bring Me Sunshine for shoppers?
“We’re so thankful to Kate Green MP for showing her support. This event was a great opportunity to raise awareness of the charity and encourage people to have their own Bring Me Sunshine summer-themed party.”
Kate Green said: “It was great to listen to the Stroke Association’s North West Community Choir, meet some of the choristers and learn about the Bring me Sunshine initiative.
“I really enjoyed the performance and would like to thank the Stroke Association for bringing sunshine to our community on what would have otherwise been a rainy February day!”
Gareth Wilkins, Stretford Mall Centre Manager, said: “We were delighted to welcome Kate Green MP and the Stroke Association’s North West Community Choir to Stretford Mall this weekend. Our shoppers were thrilled to hear the choir singing in Stretford Mall and it was the highlight of our weekend. The Stroke Association is such a valuable cause and we were pleased to be able to join in and show our support.”
For more information about Bring Me Sunshine, visit www.stroke.org.uk/BringMeSunshine