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Donation presented to XTRAX project coordinator Jo Palmer (left) and trustee Sue Manwaring (centre)

Pictured: XTRAX project coordinator Jo Palmer (left) and trustee Sue Manwaring (centre)

Hastings choir makes donation to local youth charity

The Sound Waves Community Choir recently made a generous donation of £1,700 to local charity XTRAX at their annual general meeting. The gift will help support the charity’s efforts to assist the most vulnerable of young people in the Hastings and Rother area. HOT’s Jordan Dixon writes.

For over 20 years, XTRAX have provided an essential service to Hastings and Rother; lending a practical hand to 16-24 year olds who feel unsupported and unsure as to where to turn or how to tackle the problems they may face.

Like many smaller charities, XTRAX’s efforts are financed purely by donations. But it is through these tokens of generosity that they can continue to operate their local drop-in centre and assist youngsters with issues such as homelessness, poverty, substance abuse, mental health and simply be open and available for a chat.

Singing and supporting

The Sound Waves Community Choir can be found rehearsing their reaching repertoire of folk songs, opera, gospel, jazz, rock and pop, out of the Salvation Army Hall in St Andrews Square each Tuesday evening.

As their name suggests, community is at the very heart of what they do. They are always welcoming towards all and any prospective members, believing ‘if you can sing in the shower, you can sing with us!’. They can often be found performing at local events and above all, enjoy making donations to local charities.

Having recently celebrated their 10th anniversary this past April, the choir has just begun their summer season and will be singing ten weeks of ‘Fabulous Folk’, led by local musician Chan Reid. Anyone interested in joining the group, can attend a free taster session with the choir on Wednesday evenings from 7:30pm.

XTRAX offer a drop-in service every Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 2 and 7pm at their centre at 23 Priory St, Hastings TN34 1EA.

To learn more about the charity or to make a donation, you can visit their website here.

Sound Waves Choir run free taster sessions each Wednesday evening from 7:30pm at the Salvation Army Hall, St Andrews Square, Hastings.

You can register online through their website or simply turn up on the night.



Posted 09:44 Friday, May 3, 2019 In: Hastings People

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