The idea came about after Glee Bah Gum conductor Lizzie Yoxall got chatting to Dr Rosie Knowles and other parents at a library session where she was hiring a sling to carry her own 6 month old baby.
“As a business owner, a new mum and the conductor of a choir, my life is pretty hectic so having a sling means I can bond with my child and get things done at the same time. I found out about the Sheffield Sling Surgery from other members of Glee Bah Gum who regularly bring their babies to rehearsals in a variety of wraps and slings. The slings mean we can participate fully in all the singing and dancing while our babies are kept safe and enjoy the music”
Choir members and parents took to the streets of Sheffield City Centre serenading shoppers with popular hits such as Pulps’ ‘Disco 2000’, Dolly Partons’ ‘9 to 5’ and ‘It must be Love’ by Madness chosen by some of the 1300 parents who are already members of this fast growing community, one of the largest in the country. The 40 minute set dubbed the ‘Spring Sling Sing’ raised over £60 which will be added to the growing total already in the 100’s of pounds that the choir has raised for the charity this year.
Choir Chair Tina Huckle commented
“We are a community choir with the emphasis put on community, for us it is not just about the music. Every year the choir members choose a local charity to support and raise money for, this year it is The Sheffield Children's Hospital Charity, so it made sense to pair up with a group that supports children when raising money for this amazing cause”
The Sheffield Sling Surgery supports over 200 people per month and has 100’s of slings for hire and sale along with an army of volunteers to help parents new to the sling community find the carrier that is right for them.
Founder of the surgery Dr Rosie Knowles explains
“Held at a good height, children are able to learn about the world from a stimulating vantage point and are more able to take part in social events. They can listen and observe what their carers are doing weather that be singing, laughing or generally enjoying their community, the Spring Sling Sing gave us exactly this opportunity”
The event was such a success that the slinging mums and dads of Sheffield have been inspired to continue their song and are already planning future ‘Sling Sings’
For more information on slings go to http://www.sheffieldslingsurgery.co.uk.