Christmas community spirit comes alive as choir sings in aid of Hatfield woman’s son

PUBLISHED: 17:27 08 December 2017 | UPDATED: 17:27 08 December 2017

Doreen Osborne has been fundraising for her son's medical costs. Photo: Mia Jankowicz

Doreen Osborne has been fundraising for her son's medical costs. Photo: Mia Jankowicz

Mia Jankowicz

A gospel choir will rally round this weekend to help a Hatfield woman raise funds for her son’s medical care.

Herts of Love gospel choir, who perform for charity, will be singing carols and Christmas songs in Stevenage Town Centre tomorrow lunchtime (Saturday December 9).

Donations from passers-by will go to help great-grandmother Doreen Osborne’s Breathe Easy fund in aid of her son Michael.

Earlier this autumn Doreen, 81, appealed for volunteer acts to perform in a concert she was organising to raise money.

Michael suffers from a rare lung condition that cannot be effectively treated on the NHS.

However, the response was limited, and the concert had to be cancelled.

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After the cancellation, she said: “I am so disappointed with the lack of support I have received for this concert.

“I am not giving up and I will be fundraising again, so watch this space.”

So when Herts of Love singer Beverley Stevens saw the story in the Welwyn Hatfield Times, she was inspired to persuade her fellow singers to help Doreen in her mission.

“I think it’s absolutely wonderful,” said Doreen.

Doreen has also received support from groups including the Polish Community in Welwyn Garden City.

She will be out to see the singers tomorrow and might even join in as her own way of saying thank you.

“It’s really something to stand out there in the cold to sing your heart out for charity,” said Doreen.

Beverley said: “I think it’s all about helping, not just at Christmas,” adding that the choir welcomes people of all faiths.

“If everyone helped one person, the world would be a better place.”

Herts of Love will be singing between 1pm and 2.15pm in Stevenage Town Centre, near the fountain, on December 9, with all donations in aid of the Breathe Easy Fund.

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