You are never too old. I used to volunteer in the gardens at St Wilfrids, and also on the plant stall at the open gardens. Now at well over 80, I really enjoy singing with the choir. It makes me feel young again. Pam Hollingworth (Tune)
Finally I did it. I joined a choir and realised how freeing and fun and sometimes therapeutic it is to sing in a safe space. Also for me it’s very special to sing in st Wilfrids choir, a charity dear to my heart as the beautiful st Wilfrids team supported me and my family last year for 6 months caring for my mother in her last days. Couldn’t have done it without them. ”
Elke Xx (Tune)
2018 was a challenging and very sad year for me. Allen ( my kind and loving partner) became a hospice client. We spent 3 weeks of November staying in the hospice. The care given to Allen was exemplary. But Allen wanted to die at home so home he came for over 3 weeks. The care from the hospice continued. After Allen's death life got messy emotionally and physically and I too was diagnosed with cancer.
I saw a hospice counsellor and after our 6 week stint together during the summer of 2019 she suggested that I do something new. Something that I had not tried before. A brief discussion took place and before I knew it I Dinah who couldn't hold a note had agreed to join the choir. That was in September 2019. Stepping back into the hospice and taking on the challenge of joining a choir was nerve wracking. I arrived early sat down and waited. It felt like an avalanche of people who tumbled through the automatic door. What was I thinking of a non singer joining a choir!
But smiles were freely offered, I felt welcomed and then I was gently propelled into a room which soon became a cacophony of noise. Aneesa stood before us. She welcomed me as she welcomes everyone with warmth and genuine loveliness and we were off. It was the first time I had sung in 40 something years. I have to say I cried well it was more of a gulpy sob really. Gentle hugs were offered and warm words freely given. I realise now I had taken the first steps on my healing journey. Even Covid couldn't break this amazing choir and it's very talented Musical Director. I would not say the choir has made me into a singer but it has made me into a trier. I still at times feel way out of my comfort zone but who knows what the future will bring. Watch this space.
Dinah Farrah (Low TUNE)
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Please note that we are in the process of setting up a Community Choir bank account, but this takes a little time. As soon as this is operational, all choir funds will transfer to the new account and the PayPal link will change.
In the meantime, our choir Facilitator and Musical Director Aneesa has kindly allowed us to use her PayPal so that we don’t miss out on any of your much appreciated support and donations. As treasurer, I keep full details of the choir finances going in and out of the account.
Jane Darling, SWHCC Volunteer Treasurer