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Thurrock schools shine in St Luke’s Hospice singing competition

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PUPILS from primary schools in Thurrock and Basildon sang their hearts out in a competition for St. Luke’s Hospice yesterday [Thursday 21 March], judged by BBC’s The Voice UK winner Ruti Olajugbagbe.

Seven schools took part in the ‘Sing for St. Luke’s’ competition at the Towngate Theatre in Basildon, with more than 200 children aged between 7 and 11 years old performing in front of a panel of judges and a packed audience.

The winners were pupils from St. Margaret’s Church of England school in Basildon, whose vocal and choral skills won them the Sing for St. Luke’s trophy and £500 prize, which was donated by local estate agents Temme English.


Ruti, who scooped last year’s win on The Voice UK, was joined on the judging panel by Jennie Skingsley from event sponsors and St. Luke’s Hospice supporters Birkett Long and Calum Smith from Temme English.

Ruti said: “I was blown away by the performances and it goes to show how many talented children there are in Basildon and Thurrock! You’re all stars stepping up on stage to sing for St. Luke’s Hospice. Thanks for helping raise funds for the Hospice and a huge well done to everyone who took part.”

Joanna Lucas, Schools Fundraiser at St. Luke’s Hospice, said: “All the performances were wonderful and we can’t thank the schools enough for taking part and supporting St Luke’s Hospice. More than £4,500 has been raised in what has been our first Sing for St. Luke’s competition which is amazing.”

The schools which took part were; St. Margaret’s Church of England School (Basildon), Northlands Primary School (Basildon), Bardfield Academy (Basildon), Whitmore Primary (Basildon), St. Thomas of Canterbury School (Thurrock), Arthur Bugler (Thurrock) and Dilkes Academy (Thurrock).

Money raised at Sing for St. Luke’s will support the Hospice in running vital services to support those living with life-limiting conditions. To find out how you can get involved in supporting the Hospice, visit:


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