Sue Ryder - Leckhampton Court Hospice
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Hope special hospice choir performance will be a runaway success
A Cheltenham Choir Mistress taking on the London Marathon in April 2019 is holding a special night of performance at Cheltenham Town Hall in January to raise vital funds for the hospice she is running for.
Caroline Edwards, who heads up the Everyman Theatre’s Everyvoice Choirs, will be putting her best foot forward to support Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice in London next April alongside her husband, Jon. And she hopes the ‘Evening of Supper and Song’ will put money where her mouth is, raising vital funds for hospice as part of her Marathon fundraising drive.
The event on Thursday 17th January at 7pm will bring nine choirs together to perform, with a special debut by the Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice Choir.
Made up of Sue Ryder Nurses, staff and volunteers, the choir was set up by Caroline with funding from the Everyman Theatre Community Project to support hospice staff and volunteer well being.
Caroline said, “A couple of Christmases ago I arranged for one of my choirs to perform in the Chapel at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice. We left the doors open so patients who could not come down from their rooms could hear our performance. As our voices drifted around the hospice a Sue Ryder nurse came in to listen. After the performance she hugged me tightly and said how lovely it was to hear singing and how the music had helped her.”
“That moment really struck a chord with me. These wonderfully caring nurses, staff and volunteers do so much to look after local people at the most difficult of times, so I wanted to do something to support them. While there I saw on a poster how much it costs to keep the place going and in that moment I knew not only did I want to do something to raise funds for the hospice, but I wanted to support the wonderful people who work and volunteer there using my skills as a Choir Mistress too.”
Caroline came up with the idea of forming a hospice choir for staff and volunteers at the hospice, based on evidence that singing has a positive effect on well being. She approached The Everyman Community Project for funding and the Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice Choir was born.
“There is something quite magical about singing. When we sing we connect to the emotion and the lyrics, and when singing as one group to create one sound it generates a tremendous feeling of belonging.”
The hospice choir has been meeting and singing in the hospice chapel each week for the past year, and will perform a song called ‘House on the Hill’ written by Hospice Catering Assistant Claire Pemberton-James and arranged by Pete Banks.
Caroline adds, “This time last year I was scrolling through Facebook and saw a video from the hospice’s Lights of Love service where Claire was performing a beautiful piece of music and lyrics she had composed called ‘House on the Hill’. The words were being read out over the top by the Hospice Chaplain and it just jumped out at me. It was beautiful and really captured the emotions I felt when I was at the hospice. Feelings of serenity and peace. It captured the real sense of the place and I can’t wait to hear the hospice choir perform it in their debut next month.”
A special film giving a behind the scenes look of Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice will be shown as the choir sings, alongside an exclusive charity auction and raffle. A CD is also being released of the track, helping to raise vital funds for the expert and compassionate care the hospice choir help give alongside their colleagues.
There are some tickets remaining for the Supper and Song. To book visit https://www.everymantheatre.org.uk/m-shows/everyvoice-concert--supper-and-song/
For more information on Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice visitwww.sueryder.org/leckhampton
To donate to Caroline’s London Marathon Fundraising visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/caroline-edwards15
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