Welwyn Garden City men’s choir pops up to present cheques to mental health charities
PUBLISHED: 09:59 14 December 2018
A pop-up men’s choir in Welwyn Garden City has raised £7,705 for three mental health charities after challenging themselves to put on a major concert.
When pop-up choir Men’s Voices United first started, some of its members had never sung properly before.
Formed by Welwyn Garden City Male Voice Choir just six months ago, regular rehearsals and support from the established choir gave them the confidence to perform in a charity concert at Hatfield House, raising vital funds.
The charities benefitting from their newfound voices are Just One Click Away (JOCA), Mind in Mid Herts, and SANE.
Chair of JOCA, Justin Burgess, accompanied by treasurer Chris Bowden, thanked Men’s Voices United for their generous contribution and said it would be put to good use.
“JOCA provides an emergency port of call for people who don’t know where to turn,” said Justin. “This donation will ensure that we can continue to provide the confidential counselling services people need when they feel really low.”
Sharn Tomlinson, CEO of Mind in Mid-Herts, which operates wellbeing centres in Welwyn Garden City, Hertford, Stevenage and St Albans, praised Men’s Voices United for their support, and added that singing with others was in itself a very good way of maintaining good mental health.
“This donation will help us provide the programmes that enable people with mental health issues to manage their wellbeing and restore their confidence,” said Sharn.
SANE’s Head of Fund Raising and Marketing, Jo Christophi, also thanked the pop-up singers.
“Fundraising by volunteers is absolutely vital to the continued ability of SANE to provide services to provide help both for people with mental health issues and their carers,” said Jo.
Several of the Men’s Voices United choir have found or renewed a talent for singing and have joined the Welwyn Garden City Male Voice choir.
The first outing of the new members will be the annual Christmas concert at the United Reformed Church in Welwyn Garden City tomorrow, Saturday December 15 - and it’s already sold out.
Welwyn Garden City Male Voice Choir’s chair, Martyn Voyle, said the choir welcomes anyone who would like to experience the uplifting benefits of singing in a group.
For details of joining and of future concerts, see: www.wgcmalevoicechoir.org.uk