Doncaster choir send out heartwarming message to key workers across the borough

A group of children say a special thank you through song to key workers who they want to feel appreciated.

By Laura Andrew
Wednesday, 10th March 2021, 10:30 am

The Rainbow Connection Junior Choir set themselves a challenge to record a rendition of ‘Good Job’ by Alicia Keys from their homes during the lockdown.

They wanted to say thank you to key workers and to spur them on through this tough time.

Debbie Mellors, 49, who runs the choir, said: “After Christmas this year we noticed that the kids were feeling a bit low energy.

The choir have put together a thank you for key workers.

“We didn’t have a date to go back to school yet and even though it feels like we’re nearly at the end of all this, we are not there yet.

“I started thinking if we are all feeling like this I bet others will be too - including key workers.”

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Debbie wanted to find a way to get the children in the choir to focus on something positive and so the idea was born to record a video to show essential and key workers a little bit of appreciation.

The Rainbow Connection Choir.

“The response has been lovely,” she continued.

“We’ve had teachers sobbing when they have watched it.”

NHS workers, GP’s and head teachers have also expressed their delight at the video.

All of the children recorded their individual lines at home and then it has been edited together to make one collective choir piece.

Debbie said it has given the kids something to work towards and that the choir is more important than ever for their well being.

“They really need it,” she said.

“They need time to socialise with other children and we always let them chat at the start and end of zoom calls because they need to socialise.

“It’s that sense of normality that they have missed out on this year.”

The choir is looking forward to being able to get back together again in the future and singing shoulder to shoulder rather than on Zoom.

Debbie said: “We can’t wait to be in front of an audience again.

“We’re even planning trips abroad next year.”

They will be fundraising so that they can take as many children as possible.

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