Friday, 20 October 2017

Choir Festival raises £1,300 for charity

THE sixth annual Henley Choir Festival raised £1,300 for Helen & Douglas House

THE sixth annual Henley Choir Festival raised £1,300 for Helen & Douglas House.

About 100 singers from seven choirs took part in the event at St Mary?s Church in Henley last month.

Organisers Elizabeth Hodgkin and David Butler presented a cheque at the charity?s shop in Duke Street to manager Jean Hugill and volunteer Gay Peel.

Janet Carruzzo, the charity?s community fund-raiser, said: ?We would like to say a huge thank-you to Elizabeth and David for organising this wonderful event in aid of Helen & Douglas House, to all the singers who gave their time and to everyone who attended and donated so generously.

?The money raised will help care for terminally ill children, young adults and their families through providing medical, emotional and practical support.

?As a charity, we rely almost entirely on donations so we cannot support our families without wonderful gifts like this.?

The choirs were from St Mary?s, All Saints? Church in Peppard, St Nicholas? in Rotherfield Greys, the St Mary?s Hambleden Valley Group Choir, St John the Baptist in Kidmore End and St Margaret?s in Harpsden as well Sorores, an all-female choir under the direction of Anne Evans, founder of the Aliquando choir.

Each choir performed individually and then combined, together with soloists. About 100 people attended the evening.

Mrs Hodgkin said: ?We are very pleased with the amount we raised. The bucket collection was extremely successful because it is such a good cause. The evening was very well attended and we will be doing the same again next year.?

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