DecAid

2017 is going to be our tenth year. Ten years, can you believe it?

It’s ten years since our Hands of Hope concert, held in Scarisbrick Village Hall to raise money for the charity of a couple of our friends. Fran, Celia, Mark, Shaun and I, along with Suzanne and John and Mike took to the stage to sing a selection of songs, and so our first sing together marks the start of everything we have today.

In honour of this special year, we’ve decided to go back to our roots and raise some funds for some worthy causes. Over the years the choir have had lots of grants and donations that have enabled us to buy uniform, equipment and music. Now’s the time to give something back.

So ladies and gentlemen, I’d like tonight introduce you to ReSound Community Choir’s Ten 4 Ten year of fundraising. We are going to raise ten thousand pounds for ten wonderful charities, through concerts, ticket sales, sponsored events and many other ways over the year. We won’t be having a big June concert, instead we will work on a fantastic set to be performed in September on our ten year anniversary, at a spectacular event called DecAid.

Over the year as a choir we’ll work hard to think of interesting and exciting ways to raise money together. One of the initiatives we’re going to do is ten coins- so we’ll be asking our audiences to bring ten coins with them to give to our charities. We’ll hold cake sales before choir, a section at a time. We’ll go and busk on the pianos in Liverpool One next summer. We’ll have a sponsored silence for anyone on the back row at rehearsals. And I’m sure we can think of many more!

So I bet you’re wondering which charities we’ve chosen. Well after consulting you all, we’ve come up with a list of really wonderful groups, old friends and new suggestions to support. You can have a look at the list below.

I hope you’re all as excited by this idea as we’ve become.

Ten 4 Ten

Birchwood Centre work with young people to prevent homelessness and improve well-being. We also provide supported accommodation, deliver mediation, training, plus development and move on support.

Galloway’s Society for the Blind support local blind and partially-sighted people of all ages through the provision of information & advice, talking newspapers and magazines, equipment, education and training.

West Lancs Positive Living are a supported living organisation for adults with learning disabilities. We provide services that promote quality of life and social inclusion, and support individuals and their families to have choice and control in all aspects of their lives.

The Lullaby Trust provide specialist support for bereaved families and anyone affected by a sudden infant death. We also promote expert advice on safer baby sleep.

Macmillan improve the lives of people affected by cancer. We are a source of support, providing practical, medical, emotional and financial support.

National Music for the Blind provide a bi-monthly programme of nostalgic oldies on USB Memory-Stick, sent free of charge to visually- impaired listeners.

Ormskirk Civic Hall have a clear mission- to provide an excellent, community- orientated venue for cultural entertainment and special events.

Southport Soup Kitchen offer warm food and a place to rest to the homeless and disadvantaged of Southport and the local area.

Twinkle House provide free sensory-based one to one support for children and young people, and sensory facilities for both adults and children.

Woodlands Hospice Charitable Trust are committed to delivering the best possible practice and development of Specialist Palliative Care for people with cancer and other life- limiting illnesses.

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