A GROUP of home educators entertained shoppers in Tesco, Skipton, on Friday, singing well know songs and those not so well known, some in different languages.

They sang for two hours and raised £130.40 plus a 1945 halfpenny.

The money will be donated to Mission Direct, which encourages people to go and participate in its various projects.

One of the group, Steve Loryman, has just come back from Sierra Leone where he organised the building of a shelter for disabled children (they were previously sleeping on the floor of a disused abattoir).

And he and his wife are soon to go to Kenya, where they will help to build a refuge for girls who are forced into marriage and subject to genital mutilation.

He has also worked in Moldova, setting up a refuge to help vulnerable girls in danger of being coerced into the sex trade.

A group spokesman said: “We were a bit nervous but it is for a good cause. We know that the money will go directly to the projects. We hope to do more singing in the future.”