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The Edwin James Festival Choir, a choir and orchestra in Littlehampton, raised £2,798 for Chestnut Tree House and St Barnabas House in a year of foot-tapping community concerts.
The choir named Chestnut Tree House and St Barnabas House as two of their charities of the year, as well as St Wilfred’s Hospice in Chichester, and spent 2018/2019 putting on a variety of concerts to raise money for the local hospices.
In August, the choir celebrated their 21st birthday at the Vardar Restaurant in Littlehampton. The evening was enjoyed by the choir and orchestra members, patrons, and representatives from both charities.
Wendy Bardsley, Fundraising Manager at St Barnabas House says “The evening was spectacular, and we are honoured to be chosen as one of the choir’s charities of the year. This is a local choir, with local people, supporting local causes. It’s wonderful, and we are so incredibly grateful for their support.”
At the end of the celebrations, James Rushman, president of The Edwin James Festival Choir, presented cheques for £1,462.51 and £1,335.50 to Chestnut Tree House and St Barnabas House respectively.
“We have to raise £630 every day to pay for all the care provided by our Day Hospice”, Wendy says, “The amount raised by the Edwin James Festival Choir will make a huge difference, paying for two days of Day Hospice care. On behalf of everyone at St Barnabas, I would like to say a heartfelt thank you!”
Alongside their popular community concerts, The Edwin James Festival Choir regularly attends local events such as markets, garden parties and summer fayres to raise funds for their chosen charities.
Caroline Roberts-Quigley, Community Fundraiser at Chestnut Tree House, says “We are delighted that the choir has continued to raise donations for us through their concerts. Their generosity and commitment to supporting the local community is admirable and we would like to thank them for all their support.
“It currently costs over £4 million each year to provide all of Chestnut Tree House’s specialist care services. Less than 6% of our funding comes from central government, so we rely heavily on support from our local community and organisations like The Edwin James Festival Choir. To put their fundraising into perspective, the money raised will pay for over five hours of all our care services, both at the House and in families’ own homes.”