CHOIRS from across Wyre Forest competed in Kemp Hospice’s Last Choir Standing event at Kidderminster Town Hall.

The choirs from local groups raised more than £1,700 for the hospice.

Competitors included The Spectrum Singers, The Vocalettes, Elmfield Community Choir, The Old Village Store and Kemp Hospice.

Elmfield Community Choir won the title of Kemp Hospice, The Last Choir Standing 2012 and were presented with a special engraved trophy and certificate.

A range of music was on offer including I Believe I Can Fly, a Beatles medley, It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year and Rudolph.

A finale by singer Benny Jay, performing Santa Claus is coming to Town, got the audience into the Christmas spirit.

The judges, Jonathan Kingston of Bromsgrove School, Tom Campbell of Signal 107 FM and Diana Willetts of the Got2Sing Choir had a difficult job on their hands in deciding the winner.

Ele Millward, community fundraiser for Kemp Hospice, said: “There certainly is a lot of talent in our local community. I think the choirs’ performances really showed off how much time, dedication and enthusiasm they had invested.

"We are so grateful to everyone who supported the event.”

The money raised by the event will enable the hospice to continue caring for people with life-limiting illness in Wyre Forest and give support to their families.