Malmesbury girl organises a festive charity singing event

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Izzy Darker, who organised the Big Sing in Malmesbury for Christian Aid Izzy Darker, who organised the Big Sing in Malmesbury for Christian Aid

A Malmesbury schoolgirl rallied her community together last weekend to help raise money for those in need.

Seven-year-old Izzy Darker, a student at Malmesbury CofE Primary School, organised a Big Sing for Christian Aid to raise money to help end poverty.

Her mum, Corrie Darker, said: “Izzy did a brick-a-brack stall in our driveway last year after learning about Christian Aid in school and made about £20.

“When we sent the money in we ended up on their mailing list so they sent us a catalogue for people in Africa. She was surprised by how little money it takes to make a big difference.”

Izzy’s friends and family filled Malmesbury’s United Reformed Church on Saturday to sing festive songs, and over £200 was raised.

Mrs Darker said: “She had lots of people come and the music went really well.

“I’m really chuffed. I’m a fundraiser and she helps a lot fundraising at school.

“For her to have this idea and keep going with it and see it through is fantastic.

“Izzy was quite taken aback by how supportive and generous everyone was.

“The highlight was when lots of her friends came to the front and they sang Jingle Bells, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Away in a Manger – that was really lovely.

“It was really good fun. We couldn’t have done it without the United Reformed Church, they were massively helpful setting up with tables and letting us use the facilities.”

Izzy said: “My favourite bit was when I sang Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer; it’s my favourite Christmas carol.

“It makes me feel quite happy to raise money for charity, I want to do more. This was my idea, I like singing and it’s for a good charity.”

In total, the fundraiser made £219 for Christian Aid, and further donations can be made by visiting http://www.justgiving.com/Isabel-Darker

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