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Suggs to launch ‘Big Christmas Sing’ with free concert

On 9th November, Madness frontman Suggs will follow in Beverley Knight’s and Olly Murs’ footsteps by launching Christian Aid’s Big Christmas Sing with a free concert at Old Spitalfields Market.  Suggs will be hosting the event as well as performing and fans are encouraged to come along for a good sing-song.

Suggs is to be joined by other well-known artists yet to be revealed. Local choirs and groups will also be performing, including an all-female string quartet and a brass band. Completing the line up are local primary school children singing their favourite Christmas classics. The concert will start at 5.30pm and everyone is welcome. The artists will also be turning on the market’s Christmas lights.

The one-off event will kick off this year’s Big Christmas Sing, a nationwide fundraiser that invites everyone who loves a good sing-a-long to Christmas hits, past and present, to raise money for Christian Aid. Last year nearly 500 singing events took place across the country, raising over £80,000 for people living in some of the world’s poorest communities. This year’s is set to be bigger than ever.

Suggs said: 'The Big Christmas Sing is a great way to have fun with your friends and get into the festive spirit while raising money for a good cause. We’ve got some surprises up our sleeves for the event at Old Spitalfields Market, and hope to see you there.'

Anyone can hold a Big Christmas Sing and people all over the UK are encouraged between the 9 - 11 December to invite friends and family to their own event at home, school, work or in a local pub or community hall. Everyone who registers at www.christianaid.org.uk/bigsing will receive a free fundraising pack containing guidelines, tips on how to hold a Big Christmas Sing, publicity posters and access to downloadable song sheets.

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If you would like further information please contact Kathleen Prior on 020 7523 2318/ kprior@christian-aid.org or Melanie Marks on 020 7523 2421/ mmarks@christian-aid.org. 24 hour press duty phone – 07850 242950  

Notes to Editors:

1. Christian Aid works in some of the world's poorest communities in nearly 50 countries. We act where the need is greatest, regardless of religion, helping people build the lives they deserve.

2. Christian Aid has a vision, an end to global poverty, and we believe that vision can become a reality. Our report, Poverty Over, explains what we believe needs to be done – and can be done – to end poverty.  Details at http://www.christianaid.org.uk/Images/poverty-over-report.pdf

3. Christian Aid is a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of 100 churches and church-related organisations that work together inhumanitarian assistance and development.  Further details at http://www.actalliance.org

4. Follow Christian Aid's newswire on Twitter: http://twitter.com/caid_newswire

5. For more information about the work of Christian Aid visit www.christianaid.org.uk