Singers raise hundreds for hospice

A choir performing at the festival
A choir performing at the festival

Singers have raised hundreds of pounds for a hospice by holding a choir festival.

Twelve local choirs performed at the annual St Helens Choir festival to raise more than £800 for Willowbrook Hospice.

The festival took place at St Mary’s Church, Lowe House, on Wednesday with the audience treated to a range of singing styles from gospel to acapella.

Organiser John Beirne, of Avanti Hair in St Helens, said: “It was fantastic to have so many fabulous singers – young and old - in one place, all enjoying themselves and doing their bit to help raise money for Willowbrook.

“Next year will be the Choir Festival’s 10th anniversary and we’re hoping it’s going to be the biggest and best ever! If any choirs are interested in joining us they’ll be more than welcome.”

The choirs singing at this year’s festival included Red V voices, Rainhill High Notes, Grand National Chorus, Asda Choir, Celebration Choir, New Street Singers, The Citadel Sing Out Choir, Reeves Court Singers, Sherdley Primary school, Jubilate Praise and Shine Gospel Choir.

Nicky Saunders, Fundraising Manager at Willowbrook Hospice, said: “Once again, the choir festival provided a brilliant evening of entertainment and we’d like to thank all the choirs who took part for supporting Willowbrook Hospice and of course, John Beirne for organising the event.

“We rely heavily on events like this to help us reach our £4 million annual running costs and the money the choir festival raised will help us continue providing specialist care to adults in St Helens and Knowsley with life limiting illnesses.”