A CHOIR has sung its heart out to support children with cancer and their families.

Phoenix Voices staged their first public performance at Knutsford Makers Market on Sunday and raised money for The Joshua Tree.

This charity supports families living with the life-changing experience of childhood cancers.

Choir member Sue Stimpson said: “We raised £125 in just two hours which was really heartwarming as we know people are feeling the pinch at the moment.”

Dai and Lynda Hill, from Northwich, found there was nothing available in the way of emotional and practical support when their little boy Joshua was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer, aged just five.

The couple have opened a support centre for families across the north west and North Wales.

Today Josh is a healthy 22-year-old personal trainer, who even puts on fitness sessions at the day centre in its beautiful rural setting in Sandiway, near Northwich.

The choir has chosen The Joshua Tree as their charity for 2022.

Phoenix Voices rehearse every Tuesday evening upstairs at The Angel on King Street from 7.30pm to 9pm and is keen to recruit new members.

Choral director and singing coach Ian Chesworth, from Arley, is a lead musician with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Ian leads singing sessions to help people with mental health issues.

“If you’re feeling low, singing with a group perks you up,” said Sue, who has three grown-up children.

“The feeling you get is absolutely fantastic. It really improves your mental health.

“We’re a friendly bunch who take great pleasure from making music and lots of us stay behind afterwards for a drink and a chat.

“We’re always there for each other.

“You don’t need to audition, be able to read music or even be an exper singer.

“You just seen to enjoy singing with others.”

Anyone interested in joining can email phoenix-voices-knutsford@outlook.com.

The first taster session is free.