MEMBERS of a Basingstoke choir sang at a running race to raise money for
the charity Missing People.
Nearly 50 members of the Basingstoke Rock Choir travelled by coach to
Regent’s Park in London to sing before the start of the 10k Miles for
Missing People run.
Running in the event were Kate and Gerry McCann, whose daughter
Madeleine went missing in 2007 when she was just three-years-old, while
on holiday with her family in Portugal.
On her justgiving website, Mrs McCann said the charity is “hugely
important” and offers a “lifeline to everybody affected by a
Basingstoke Rock Choir leader Glen Harvey joined the McCanns in the 10k
race, along with more than 60 other members from his choirs.
He also helped lead 600 Rock Choir members from across the south in a
mass singing performance, to entertain the runners before they set off,
and celebrities including ITV This Morning’s Gloria Hunniford and
children’s TV presenter Kirsten O’Brien.
The rain prevented a second performance taking place after the event,
but instead the Rock Choir members sang unaccompanied.
Glen, who runs the Basingstoke Rock Choir at Cranbourne Business and
Enterprise College, was awarded a prize for raising £5,447.
He said: “I was delighted to take part, along with our amazing Rock
Choir members, and we’re over the moon to have raised so much money for
Missing People. I’m really proud of our singing, running and
fund-raising, and I’d like to say a big Rock Choir thank you to everyone
who gave so generously.”