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Charities to raise funds in Charioke sing-a-thon

By March 10, 2011November 1st, 2016Press release

Forget X-Factor and Britain’s Got Talent, this month it’s ‘Charioke’ fever that will be hitting London.

The non-stop karaoke marathon will see groups of singers from all walks of life taking it in turns to belt out hit songs for ten hours. The sponsored event will raise money for a range of charities and is being hosted by Karaoke Box in Farringdon.

Singer-fundraisers taking part will include an IT technician at Chelsea Football Club.

They will be singing their hearts out in private pods on Monday March 14th in London. The charities taking part include Refugee Action, the Serenity Foundation, Orangutan Appeal UK, Children of the Andes, The Food Chain and Scene and Heard.

Charioke fundraisers were launched in 2009 by Refugee Action and were previously hosted by Lucky Voice in Islington and Brighton. Those events raised more than £22,000.

Sally Cole-Hamilton, who is organising the event on behalf of Refugee Action, said: “Karaoke is such a popular pass-time up and down the country and the Charioke fundraiser means we can harness that enthusiasm to raise some much-needed funds for the people we work with. We hope everyone will put their hands in their pockets and show their support for this exciting fundraiser.”

Afandi Topham, manager of Karaoke Box Smithfield, said: “We are delighted to be hosting this exciting event which will raise money for so many good causes. Most of the charities taking part this year are quite small and sometimes can’t gain access to more expensive events due to the costs involved. We are pleased to make this event accessible to all causes.”

The event will take place at Karaoke Box at 12 Smithfield Street, London EC1A 9LA between 1pm and 11pm.


For media enquiries call Afandi Topham, Manager at Karaoke Box, on 020 7329 9991 or Julia Ravenscroft, Press Officer at Refugee Action, on 0161 233 1956 or 07771 748 159 or

Notes to editors:

  • Refugee Action is an independent, national charity working to enable refugees to build new lives in the UK. We provide practical advice and assistance for newly arrived asylum seekers and support their settlement through community development work. As one of the country’s leading agencies in the field, Refugee Action has 30 years’ experience in pioneering innovative work in partnership with refugees and advised more than 10,000 asylum seekers and refugees last year. For more information, visit