A WANTAGE choir held a concert to raise money for the local Scout group in memory of a choir member.

The Wantage In Harmony Community Gospel Choir raised £2,000 for the Wantage Scouts after a member of the choir died of a heart attack.

Jackie Young sang in the choir and was a helper at the Scout group.

Ms Young's son and daughter also attended the scout group and Helen Goddard, one of the founding members of the choir, said: "It is a charity she would have liked to support."

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The choir will be handing over the £2,000 cheque to the Scout group next Tuesday.

The choir raised the money from weekly donations from the choir and from ticket sales for the concert just before Christmas on December 12.

The Christmas concert was the choirs first solo concert.

The community choir started in September 2018 and very quickly the choir gained over 100 members with 50-60 regular singers.

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Ms Goddard said: “It’s a community choir where everyone is welcome, we have no silly costumes or dancing just singing. All of the songs we sing are uplifting.”

The Wantage In Harmony Community Gospel Choir's next concert will be held at the Wantage Parish Church on Saturday April 4.

The profits collected from the tickets will go to a charity of the choirs choice.