Do you hear the people sing for WaterAid?

West End stars have put together an online musical Advent calendar to raise money for WaterAid


17 Dec 2013

West End stars have been treating fans to a musical Christmas countdown to raise money and help transform lives with safe water and sanitation.

The Room 9 Advent Calendar has been organised by musical theatre performers Anton Zetterholm and Rob Houchen – named after their dressing room in one of London's top theatres.

The singers are calling on people to help them raise £2,400 for WaterAid's work. So far, theatre fans have donated more than £1,500 to help transform lives with safe water and improved sanitation.

Anton said: "It's very easy to take water for granted even though it's so important. Just to get through one show I drink around three litres of water. It's shocking to think that 2,000 children die each day because of diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation.

"We have a guitar in our dressing room and from day one we have always tried to create a good atmosphere backstage by writing songs. It’s been great to support a fantastic cause while doing something we enjoy."

Every day at noon, people can open a new door on the calendar to reveal a song performed by theatre stars from London and New York. They perform a mix of classic Christmas tunes and their own song adaptations. Here's today's song:

Chris Wainwright, Head of Communications at WaterAid, said: "It's always inspiring to see the creative ways people raise money for our work, and it's been great to have the support of West End performers.

"It can cost as little as £15 to help one person access a lasting supply of safe water, improved hygiene and sanitation. If the Advent calendar reaches its target of £2,400, it could transform the lives of 160 people – what an incredible gift for Christmas that would be!"

To see (and hear!) the musical Advent calendar, visit the Room 9 website, or join in the fun by following the fundraising efforts on Twitter @Room9Advent.

Spread some Christmas cheer and help them get to £2,400 today >

See the thank you song we made >