This year, we have been supporting the North West Children’s Support Group, a charity nominated by one of our members.
The charity offers local children with various disabilities the chance to go on trips away – giving them a chance to enjoy each others’ company, have days to remember, and allow their parents and carers a level of respite.
The charity also offers holidays to siblings of children with disabilities, to provide a break from their responsibilities as young carers.
One of our brilliant basses, Vicky Haslam, explained her decision is nominating the charity this year:
“I have been involved with the charity for over 20 years, since being a volunteer carer as a teenager, I am now involved in the running of the charity as a committee member and holiday leader. All Our staff are volunteers and work hard to raise over £50,000 each year in order to provide holidays and day trips to a large number of local children, as well as providing training for our volunteers”.
In place of our normal rehearsals on Wednesday evenings this December, we each donned Christmas jumpers, Santa hats, reindeer ears, fairy lights, and anything else that wouldn’t fit on the tree, and spent one evening at Preston Train station and one around the pubs of Leyland.
Thanks to the generosity of the public, we were delighted to raise over £300 for the NWCSG over the two evenings. It was a joy to sing together and a wonderful way to bring out year to a close.