What the papers didn’t say…!!

I wrote quite a long article for the paper that shall remain nameless. I suppose we should be grateful we were mentioned at all, but just in case you’re interested, here’s what it should have said. Oh and the pictures from the other night- click on them to make them bigger!!!

Community Choir Sing for Success

ReSound Community Choir, a local charity, are singing with joy today after being awarded a Grassroots grant from the Community Foundation for Lancashire to help them stage a concert in aid of Alder Hey and Great Ormond Street hospitals.
The choir comprises of members from all over West Lancashire who meet weekly with the aim of enjoying singing together and developing their musical skills. They have already put on several small concerts over the last two years. “Elsie Galt, one of the members of the choir, has a son who regularly attends the feeding clinic at Great Ormond Street,” said Sarah Monteith, chair of the choir’s trust, “and she approached us to ask if we would raise funds on their behalf.”
Kian Galt has been attending the Panda day centre to help with his fear of eating since October last year. The team there are specialists; there are other feeding teams nationally but Great Ormond Street are one of the only places to offer the weaning programme Kian needed. Kian’s fear of food developed after difficulties in his early childhood, but after the team started working with him he began to progress rapidly, and his whole family were delighted when he managed to join them eating Christmas dinner, albeit pureed! “I wanted to show my gratitude to the team that had got us this far, and to support other families with similar problems to access the services, by helping with rail fares, accommodation and so on.” said Elsie. “That’s when I thought perhaps the choir could help.”
Having never hosted a full evening’s entertainment themselves the choir realised if they were going to put on an event of this size they would need some financial support, and that’s where the Grassroots grant came in. With assistance from Catherine Cosslett of West Lancashire Council for Voluntary Service, ReSound pulled together all the different strands they would need to make the event happen- from a venue to PA equipment, from public liability insurance to ticket printing, and were delighted when they were successful in their bid. However the funding they receive will not just assist with this one event, the effects will continue to grow. “We were already starting to do smaller performances,” continued Sarah, “and the equipment we can purchase with the grant will enable us to put on more events of this scale, and continue to raise money for other good causes in our area.”
The event is taking place on the 18th September at St Anne’s Parish Centre, Ormskirk from six thirty, and promises to be an eclectic mix of music, from Rihanna to Martha and the Vandellas, Gershwin to ELO. There will be a buffet and disco, and a raffle and auction will help to boost the total from the ticket sales. Jan Charnock, the choir’s treasurer said, “We’ve been amazed by the response so far; one business has even donated a brand new bike for the auction.” If you would like to support this event by donating a raffle or auction prize, or purchase tickets, contact Jan on 07752877489.

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