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Talented singers stop shoppers in their tracks

Two talented singers stopped passers-by in their tracks when they performed live at a shopping mall.
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Jazz and blues artist Megan McConnell and Josh Dubovie, who represented the UK in the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest, raised more than £969 for Saint Francis Hospice when they sang to shoppers outside Marks and Spencer at Thurrock.

A week earlier the hospice's fundraising team were at the retailer's Brentwood branch to highlight the wide range of care and support services the charity provides to the community. 

Staff from Marks and Spencer also helped to raise a further £69 for the hospice by giving out information and holding a tasting table in the food court.

The events were set up after caring staff at the two stores chose to back the hospice throughout the year. 

"We are delighted that the staff have chosen Saint Francis Hospice as their charity for the year," said Linda Head, Community Fundraising Manager.

"We had an amazing time collecting at the Brentwood store and we are very grateful for all the support we received from the staff and the public.

"We would also like to thank our wonderful singers for coming along and taking part at Thurrock. 

"The public loved it and the atmosphere was wonderful."

Linda said the fundraising team would be back at the stores in the near future and hoped people would continue to come forward and help to raise vital funds.