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Norwich care home enjoys karaoke fundraiser

PUBLISHED: 07:58 17 June 2011

Kareaokethon at John Groom Court in Norwich. Rachel Braybrook sings Amy Winehouse.

Kareaokethon at John Groom Court in Norwich. Rachel Braybrook sings Amy Winehouse.

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Cheryl Cole, Lady Gaga and ABBA were strutting their stuff in Norwich yesterday.

But rather than being the real thing, this was the staff and residents at John Grooms Court, who were raising money for their care home.

Together, they sang a karaokethon for five hours, taking turns behind the mic and singing together.

Family and friends also joined in the fun as they watched the entertainment and sponsored them.

Other stars on show during the event included Shakin’ Stevens, Marti Pellow and Shania Twain, while manager Mike Flavell dressed up as Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury from the band’s music video for I Want to Break Free.

In total, the residents and staff members performed 80 songs, with DJ Emmo helping to preside over the day.

The event was to raise money to help the 20 residents have activities outside the home, in Sprowston Road. The home, which is run by national disability charity Livability, is currently undergoing building work.

Activity coordinator Jayne Braybrook said: “There is a huge refurbishment and we are trying to raise money to take them out of the hustle and bustle.”

The work will see the home, which has residents aged from 18-60 who suffer from a learning or physical disability, increase its capacity to 26 residents. 


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