Choir donated winning to robbery victim priest

Vox Voice choir leader Wendy Littler, Church Square centre manager Steve Brogan and Fr Peter Hannah of Vincent de Paul Church (right)
Vox Voice choir leader Wendy Littler, Church Square centre manager Steve Brogan and Fr Peter Hannah of Vincent de Paul Church (right)

A St Helens priest who was robbed at gunpoint has thanked a community choir after they donated their winnings from a recent competition to the church.

Fr Peter Hannah was confronted by masked men at his home in St Helens shortly before Christmas and had cash his church, St Vincent de Paul Church in Parr was collecting for a Zimbabwean orphanage stolen.

We were delighted to win Carol-Oke just before Christmas and when we heard about the awful experience that Father Peter and the church had gone through, and that the money was stolen was set to go to such a worthwhile cause, we all agreed that we should donate our winnings to the church

Choir leader Wendy Littler

The robbery made national headlines, with police still hunting for the culprits.

And when St Helens-based choir Vox Voices won a recent singing competition, Church Square’s Carole-Oke, they decided to donate their £500 prize money to Fr Hannah.

Choir leader Wendy Littler explained: “We were delighted to win Carol-Oke just before Christmas and when we heard about the awful experience that Father Peter and the church had gone through, and that the money was stolen was set to go to such a worthwhile cause, we all agreed that we should donate our winnings to the church,.

“It can’t make up for his ordeal but we hope that the money will go some way to helping replace what was stolen.”

Church Square centre manager Steve Brogan added: “When we first launched our Carol-Oke competition we wanted to be able to help local choirs in the community but we never imagined that the winners would then take the money and donate it to such a worthwhile and deserving cause.

“This is an extremely kind and generous act and it’s great that the season of giving has spread into January.

“I’d like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to Wendy and the rest of Vox Voices for such a selfless act and helping those that need it the most in our community.”