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Dad Creates 'Sing-Along' Group To Raise Spirits During Coronavirus Lockdown

Dad Creates 'Sing-Along' Group To Raise Spirits During Coronavirus Lockdown

With billions of people around the world unable to leave their homes, positivity is something of a rare commodity these days.

But in a bid to bring his community together and keep their spirits high during the coronavirus lockdown, Nick Sharpe created the 'Six O'Clock Sing-Along' - which does exactly what it says on the tin.

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Anyone from anywhere can join in, all they have to do is turn on the stereo and blast out the song of the day.

Dad-of-three Nick, from Colchester, Essex, says he never expected it to become what it has, with thousands of people from as far and wide as Australia and the United States joining in for a good old sing song.

Speaking to LADbible, the 35-year-old said: "It all started out from a random conversation with the wife, Mairghread, thinking about how we could occupy the kids and try and bring the community together.

"We thought we might get a few dozen local people involved, a few schools friends of the kids perhaps. Singing seemed a good distraction from the Covid-19 nightmare.

Nick and his kids enjoying a sing song. Credit: Nick Sharpe
Nick and his kids enjoying a sing song. Credit: Nick Sharpe
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"We didn't really have any expectations. However, in the first day we accrued 300+ members who took part in the first sing-a-long.

"The feel good factor was obvious from that first night and word spread. Before we knew it, the number of group members was over 1,000 and each day it has increased.

Adding: "It's now over 6,000 people from all over the world - France, Australia, America. It's nuts!"

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But as well as helping others to stay upbeat during this extraordinarily difficult time, NHS worker Nick says it has also helped him to switch off.

He said: "I work for the East of England Ambulance Service, so any escape from current day to day issues, be them my sing-a-long group or anything else is massively needed right now.

"It's crazy but so many people are thankful for the group and the relief it offers and distraction from the negativity. The group is just so positive and entertaining."

Nick and his wife wanted to keep their kids occupied during lockdown but have created a musical sensation. Credit: Nick Sharpe
Nick and his wife wanted to keep their kids occupied during lockdown but have created a musical sensation. Credit: Nick Sharpe

Nick also paid thanks to those who have come out in support for NHS workers by taking part in the #clapforcarers over the past couple of weeks.

He says it means a lot to those who are working on the frontline to protect the country from the spread of the disease.

Nick said: "Many of these patients I deal with are suspected cases of Covid-19 or are particularly vulnerable.

"It's extremely busy and the directives are changing on a daily basis. Resources are stretched and it is a worry going home to family after being in contact with patients.

"Clap for carers was a fantastic nod to the NHS and all that it provides. So many people working so incredibly hard. Many putting themselves at risk. We had a great turnout down our road."

It's okay to not panic. LADbible and UNILAD's aim with our series, Cutting Through, is to provide our community with facts and stories from the people who are either qualified to comment or have experienced first-hand the situation we're facing. For more information from the World Health Organisation on Coronavirus, click here.

Featured Image Credit: Nick Sharpe

Dominic Smithers

Dominic graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in French and History. Like you, Dom has often questioned how much use a second language has been. Well, after stints working at the Manchester Evening News, the Accrington Observer and the Macclesfield Express, along with never setting foot in France, he realised the answer is surprisingly little. But I guess, c'est la vie. Contact us at [email protected]