Last year’s fundraising through the virtual recording of Lockdown Blues by Warrington Male Voice Choir has resulted in the choir handing over £1,400 to Mind Halton.
The fundraising effort was to support the Heads Together campaign, which was co-ordinated by The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, with the aim of ensuring that people feel comfortable with their own, their family’s and their friends’ everyday mental health and wellbeing.
The campaign channels funding into eight inspirational partner charities, so after discussions externally and within the choir, it was agreed that the money should go to support the local work of Mind. Hence the £1,400 was donated to Mind Halton, who currently support people in Warrington through their counselling service and listening service and in the past have supported Warrington people through their wellbeing courses.
Choir Treasurer Geoff Hopper said: “We are delighted that, thanks to the hard work of our Musical Director and choir members and the generosity of the public, we have been able to donate to a charity working hard, in these very difficult times, to provided much needed support to its clients”.
Commenting Nic Lunt, Chief Officer at Mind Halton, said: “On behalf of Mind Halton I am delighted to accept this generous donation. Every year 1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem and we believe that no one should face a mental health problem alone. For over 40 years we have been helping local people before, during and after they have faced a mental health problem, and through the hard work and tremendous support by members of the Warrington Male Voice Choir this donation will enable us to continue to support people when they need it most.”
The choir are now working on an idea which will see them marking the anniversary of the start of the first lockdown in March last year.