Choir raises funds for essential causes across the region

A NUMBER of organisations across South Gloucestershire and Gloucester have benefitted from donations after a community choir raised over £8000.

The Good Afternoon community choirs that have singing groups from Cheltenham to Falmouth give over 800 people each week the opportunity to ‘Sing in the Afternoon!’

Established 14 yeas ago, the choirs were started in Bath by music man Grenville Jones. Now there are twenty-five groups across the West Country.

There are no auditions to belong to a Good Afternoon Choir and the members themselves choose a local organisation to benefit from their fundraising and concerts.

The accent is on fun through music making with concerts and social events.

Following lockdown, the choirs started singing again in October and have so far raised over £8000 from their fundraising concerts.

Grenville said: “The members nominate and vote for the local charity or group they choose to support and with a number of concerts on the horizon I am hoping that by the end of this year, we will be able to distribute at least £15,000 to many deserving causes.”

A full list of who will benefit from the funds here:

Great Western Ambulance, Yate and Chipping Sodbury

Peggy Dodd Centre, Bath

A Life for a Cure, Bristol

The Space, Cheddar Valley

Sue Ryder, Cheltenham

Longfield Hospice, Cirencester and Stroud

Julia’s House Children’s Hospice, Devizes

Children’s Hospice South West, Falmouth and Truro

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, Frome and Yeovil

Keynsham and Saltford Dementia Action Alliance and Mencap, Keynsham

Springboard Opportunity Group, North Somerset

Salisbury Hospice, Salisbury

Dementia UK, South Gloucestershire

Freewheelers Blood Bikes and Refugee Aid from Taunton (RAFT), Taunton GAC

JIGSAW Thornbury, Thornbury

Southwestern Ambulance Charity and Wells in Bloom, Wells

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