THE Games Maker Choir added its voice to the nation’s fundraising efforts on a poignant return to its spiritual home on Sunday – and a Woking vocalist was again ‘in that number’ as the group performed as part of the Sports Relief Games.
The choir was formed at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park during the London 2012 Olympics by Victoria Verbi, who wanted to harness the amazing spirit of the 70,000 Games Maker volunteers and have some fun in the process.
Four years on the choir is now made up of around 200 members who rehearse regularly in London, with people travelling from as far as Newcastle to take part.
Sue Lewis-Badgett, from Woking, has been a member of the choir since it was set up four years ago. As one of the UK’S biggest fundraising events, Sport Relief brings the entire nation together to get active, raise cash and change lives.
In fact, half the money raised by the public is spent right here at home in the UK, with the other half used to make a difference in the world’s poorest communities.
The Sport Relief Games encourages people to walk, run, swim or cycle to raise money at the UK’s most iconic sporting venue.
There was distance for everyone and, with a full day of entertainment, including the Games Maker Choir, celebrity appearances, an Event Village filled with ‘have a go’ sports and give-aways.
The Games Maker Choir are in high demand and have performed for, among others, the 2015 Rugby World Cup and QBE International Series, The Unibet Eurohockey Championships 2015, and the 2014 Tour de France.
Proud Sue explained: “I really enjoy singing with the choir. Sport Relief is such a fun event for everyone and the atmosphere is superb.
“Since joining the choir we’ve had so many amazing experiences and it’s very hard to pick a favourite.
“One of the things we were privileged to do last year was to record at Abbey Road Studios, made famous of course by the Beatles. As part of my other volunteering efforts, I am also involved with Horsell Care (the local neighbourhood care scheme) and over recent years I’ve been organising a trip to the New Victoria Theatre for people who would not get there without the help of our volunteers.
“So our next visit to see the show Let it Be – which showcases the music of the world famous rock ’n’ roll band – is quite
appropriate for me.”
In May, Sue will be walking the Moonwalk Marathon to raise money for another great cause – namely Breast Cancer Awareness.