Have-a-go choir singing for charity
Fund-raisers came together to '˜sing for fun' to help raise funds for Preston homeless charity Methodist Action North West.
Bosses of the charity, based in Penwortham called in the help of conductor Jeff Borradaile with the ‘Blackburn People’s Choir’ and their youth choir ‘Vocalise’ to host an afternoon workshop and grand concert.
The event raised £1,000 for disadvantaged people across the county.
Around 80 willing voices came along to take part and the chief executive for the charity, Stephen Hetherington, said it was a very successful event.
He said: “It is the first time we have organised a fund-raising concert like this and to have Jeff and the choir to come along to help and perform was just great.
“All in all it was a great success.
“It is definitely something we would like to turn into an annual event, perhaps next year to coincide with homelessness Sunday in January.”
A spokesperson for the Blackburn People’s Choir said: “We had a lovely afternoon and evening with Methodist Action.
“It was great to see so many people join us for the workshop.
“Our fantastic youth choir Vocalise entertained with a brilliant performance.”
The programme included popular songs from around the world. The event took place at Fulwood Methodist Churc in Watling Street Road, Preston.
Last year the charity was presented with a prestigious award in recognition of their work with the homeless.
The charity was announced as regional winner in the annual Weston Charity Awards 2016.
Charity bosses were invited to receive the prize at a special awards ceremony at Fortnum & Mason in London.
Stephen said the team have been working very hard to lay out fund-raising ideas and ways to help drive their work forward.
Next month the charity will host an April Fool’s Ball on April 1 at the Preston Marriott Hotel
The event is open to all and tickets cost £35 per person.
The evening will include a three-course meal and entertainment.
Stephen added: “We hope it will be a really good night and w e have a few ideas in the pipeline for the rest of the year. “
For more on the charity’s work, visit http://www.methodistaction.co.uk/ or the Facebook page www.facebook.com/MethodistAction