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Wednesday February 21, 2024
Wells Good Afternoon Choir are champion charity fundraisers for 2023, after raising £3,750.60 for the PAPYRUS charity during concerts and other events throughout 2023.
The 25 Good Afternoon Choirs across the West of England, chose with a members vote, who they will support each year. In 2023 over £30,000 was raised by Grenville’s choirs.
Cathy Allen, is a Wells GAC member, she said;
“I was really thrilled when the Wells GAC voted to support Papyrus last year, following my daughter Elizabeth's suicide. A big thank you to the choir for all their support and to everyone in the Wells area who came to our concerts!”
PAPYRUS is a charity for the prevention of suicide in young people across the UK.
“I hope we have raised awareness of young suicide and done something to help anyone affected. During last year, Papyrus's helpline has become available 24/7 for anyone needing help or concerned about somebody. Our money will go towards manning those phones and training volunteers,” added Cathy.
Wells Good Afternoon Choir have now cast their vote for 2024. They will be fundraising for the I SEE YOU community social fund, bringing music to elderly care home residents.
Their first fundraising concert for the new charity will be on Saturday March 9 in St Thomas’ Church, Wells, where they will be hosting a concert with special guests Launceston Male Voice Choir.
The Choir was formed in 1969 and have around 12 to 15 engagements annually. The Choir is directed by Jonathan Mann. Each year the Choir likes to have an ‘out of Cornwall’ tour and this is their 2024 ‘weekend away’ visit to Wells.
They have performed in many venues from Cathedrals to village halls supporting a wide range of charities. The Choir are delighted to be singing at St Thomas’ on March 9 with the Wells Good Afternoon Choir and hope that many bonds of friendship may be built through the common theme of enjoying choral music.
Tickets are priced £8 and available from gac.ticketlight.co.uk or by calling 0844 888 9991.
Image shows Wells Good Afternoon Choir members taken at a recent choir rehearsal.