MEMBERS of the Isle of Wight Melodic Choir have come together to raise funds for local charity The Wight Brainy Bunch.

The choir has recorded harmonies and sections of the emotive song, Rise Up by Andra Day, from their own homes, with Natasha White taking the lead.

The song is available to listen to on YouTube and can be downloaded from various other platforms, with all money raised going directly to the charity.

Kay De'Lacy, the leader of the Isle of Wight Melodic Choir, said: “The lyrics to this song seem especially poignant (during present times)”

The ensemble, which has approximately 45 active members, has held daily virtual meetings throughout lockdown to sing a song for the day in place of the usual weekly choir practice.

In November, the choir raised £1,900 with two concert performances of Mamma Mia, and last month hosted a 26-song 'Singathon' via Zoom to raise a further £600 for the charity.

Kathryn Grimes, founder of The Wight Brainy Bunch, said: “These times are really challenging for charities, businesses and families alike.

"Unfortunately, although fundraising has virtually ceased for the time being, the devastating diagnosis of a brain tumour has not, and there are many families on the Island still requiring our help."

The Wight Brainy Bunch was founded by Ryde firefighter Mark Grimes following his diagnosis of a brain tumour in 2015. The charity now provides emotional support and financial assistance to other Island families facing this devastating diagnosis.

Donations to The Wight Brainy Bunch can be made here. Alternatively, to make a £2 donation text MELODIC to 70085 — texts cost £2 plus standard rate message.