Christmas aboard for school choir



We gave a junior school choir a lift to and from a carol concert at Haddon House Care Home in Ilkeston.

The 16-strong choir from Cotmanhay Junior School were whisked to their concert by driver Steve Simpson on board their very own tinsel-decorated bus for the day.

The choir, aged from eight to 11, are in big demand in the run-up to Christmas but have to hire a minibus to travel to each performance. The Haddon House concert is a regular event but the school was having to reconsider going due to the cost.

Our ilkeston flyer and two routes both pass Cotmanhay Junior, which reached out to us to see if it could help. The request was passed to our Langley Mill team leader Leeann Shearer who organised transport for the choir.

Leeann said: “The children are helping the community by going to sing carols for the residents at the care home, so we loved helping them in turn.

“As it’s Christmas, we wanted to make it extra special for them. So I was there as Mrs Claus and we had gift bags for all the young singers. The children did some warm-up practising on the journey which was a real treat.”

Janet Langford, Cotmanhay Junior School’s choir assistant, said: “We are delighted that trentbarton kindly provided transport for the school choir to perform at Haddon House Care Home.

“We enjoy singing in the community and it is a special time at Christmas performing for the residents.”


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