In its 25th year, children and young people’s mental health charity YoungMinds is aiming to raise £2.5m to help young people get the help they need when it comes to their mental health. Stourbridge’s Got 2 Sing Youth Choir rose to the challenge at their weekly rehearsal at Gigmill Primary School this week (Thurs 11th Oct).Got 2 Sing Youth Choir Supports Young Minds

Their rehearsal was turned into a ‘HelloYellow’ evening where they sang to raise awareness of the charity and the mental health challenges facing children and young people. They donned their brightest yellow t-shirts and performed 2 songs which they had rehearsed for an invited audience of family, friends and members from the adult Got 2 Sing choir and raised just over £200 in the process!

The #HelloYellow campaign’s intention was to turn social media yellow, in the hope that a message of hope, and that you are not alone might reach all young people regarding their mental health and in response the choir also turned their FaceBook page (Got 2 Sing Youth Choir Stourbridge) yellow for the event and shared messages of support and inspiration.

Choir Leader Theresa Pearson said “I am so pleased that we have been able to play a part in this truly worthwhile exercise and at the same time overjoyed at raising £205 for the YoungMinds charity! The mental health of children and young people is such an important topic and the more people who talk about it and get involved the better and choir has proved to be an extremely useful platform! Our members sang ‘Someone Out There Loves You’ by Rae Morris which proved a real tear jerker, and an uplifting rendition of Paloma Faith’s ‘Make Your Own Kind Of Music’ saw the whole audience joining in!”

Jade Zelkowicz, Community Fundraising Manager for YoungMinds, said, “We know that young people face a huge range of pressures, including exam stress, bullying and concerns about body image. To make matters worse, when young people reach out for help it can be incredibly difficult to find it. Everyone raising money for us in our 25th year is helping us to fight for a future where all young minds are supported through life, whatever the challenges. We’re extremely grateful to everyone who’s supporting our life-changing work.”