Aqua Babes’ CD raises cash for Wakefield Hospice

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A group of friends from a swimming fitness club have raised more than £5,000 for Wakefield Hospice through sales of their Christmas song.

The 12 women – known as the Aqua Babes – recorded the single Put A Smile On Your Face (It’s Christmas Time)with Wakefield musician Paul Whitfield.

They raised £5,650 from sales of the CD and iTunes downloads and have given the money to the hospice.

The women, aged 40 to 65, attend aqua aerobics classes at Oasis Health Club in Agbrigg.

One of the group ,Ann Thomasson, 60, of Thornhill Close, Walton, said: “We’re really pleased we have been able to raise so much money in aid of the valuable work done by the excellent staff and volunteers from the Wakefield Hospice.

“We would like to thank everyone who bought a CD, bought a download or supported us in any way.

“We just came up with the idea to record a song for charity.

“We approached Paul because we had heard his voice before and really liked it, and he agreed to work with us.”

Mr Whitfield, a singer and songwriter, wrote the music and lyrics for the song.

Mrs Thomasson added: ““It has been a lot of fun and a wonderful experience going from just thinking about doing it to actually recording.”

The group held various coffee mornings and raffles in November to raise enough money to cover the cost of recording and producing the CD.

The group involved in the recording was Paul Whitfield, Mandy Scholey, Diana Holden, Sue Jarvis, Dawn Spencer, Liz Dale, Sue Mitchell, Gillian Hurst, Shirley Parker, Brenda Dalton, Nicky Kershaw, Julie Wood and Ann Thomasson.