If it is good enough for Royal Princes it is good enough for Felixstowe Community Choir!
Mental health is currently being highlighted by many people, including Princes William and Harry, and research has shown that singing is good for you. Members of Felixstowe Community Choir, chose to donate their latest profits to three local charities, Suffolk Mind, The Stone Foundation and the FACTS community bus. Each charity received £1,000, bringing the total raised by the choir to £21,000, since it began four and a half years ago.
The choir started having a raffle to help cover costs but its success, with well over 100 members, means the profits from the raffle and members fees are all donated to charity.
“We are a non-profit-making choir, run by volunteers, so any surplus funds are given to charity,” explained choir founder, Rachel Sloane. “The members decided to continue supporting local charities and, as always, voted for their favourites. It was worth keeping the total of this round of donations a secret as the look on the faces of the charity representatives, when they saw the amount, was priceless and they all said how much could be achieved by a small charity given £1,000.”
Cheques were received, at a choir meeting, by Brian Boreham (FACTS), Elaine Thomas (The Stone Project) and Ginny Idehen (Suffolk MIND).
Felixstowe Community Choir meets at the Orwell Hotel on Mondays throughout the year (including Bank Holidays) and anyone over 18 is welcome to attend. Singers pay £4 per week, and there is the charity raffle. The choir sings mainly show tunes and pop songs. There are usually around eighty men and women attending, led by professional musician, Emily Bennett. They will be singing at the Seafarers UK concert at St Johns church, Felixstowe, on Friday 26 May.