Fundraising Through Singing

7 January 2020

Our passion for fundraising began many years ago when our Leeds choir raised money to help buy a baby grand piano for the atrium at the Bexley Wing, St James’s Hospital, Leeds.

Having a piano at the hospital’s oncology centre has enabled volunteers to perform for the patients and visitors ever since, including regular visits at Christmas by Inspiration to help raise money for Leeds Cares.

Since then we have continued with our fundraising efforts and over the years have supported many national organisations such as Help For Heroes, Parkinsons UK and Save The Children, as well as local charities such as Blood, Sweat and Cheers, Butterwick Hospice and St Oswald’s Hospice, to name but a few.

This year our fundraising efforts have continued with all of our choirs playing their part. We started with a concert at The Royal Hall, Harrogate which raised £700 for Parkinsons UK, a charity dedicated to improving life and bringing forward better treatment and a cure for everyone living with Parkinsons.

Our Christmas term is always a busy one and in addition to our home concerts, we always receive a number of requests to perform in charitable concerts – many more than we have the capacity to do but we support as many as we can, with this year being no exception.

Maggie’s is a national organisation providing free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their family and friends. Newcastle Resonance Choir were honoured to perform in Maggie’s Christmas Celebration at St George’s Church in Jesmond, Newcastle to raise funds for the local Maggie’s centre which is based at the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle Upon Tyne.

Leeds Resonance Choir performed a concert at St Margaret’s Church in Horsforth, raising nearly £1200 for St Gemma’s Hospice in Leeds. St Gemma’s provides expert care and support for local people with life-limiting illnesses, receiving over 1,000 new referrals a year and heavily relying on fundraising efforts from members of the public.

Finally our small community choir, Scherzo, have performed at the wonderful venue of the Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle, again raising funds for Parkinsons UK.

All of these charitable organisations are dear to our hearts and have personal connections with our singers. If we can help to bring joy and raise funds through our singing, then we think this is a lovely thing to do and we’ll continue with more of this in the years to come.

Inspiration sing at Bexley Wing, St James