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Choir raises voices for Pilgrims

Posted on 15 April 2013


Members of the 200 strong Ashford Sings! showed the power of song as they raised more than £4,000 for Pilgrims Hospices at the Ashford International Hotel on Saturday.

Building on the success of last year, this was their third Big Concert and Quiz. Choir leader Chris Kimmance said: “We were delighted with how the evening went, with smiles all round and lots of money raised for Pilgrims Hospices.”

The group was pleased to welcome Ann Robertson, founder of Pilgrims Hospices. Ann received a cheque for £5,214 from the choir’s fundraising for the past year, she said she was “overwhelmed by the choir’s singing and community spirit” and praised them for raising so much for the hospices.

Ashford Sings! entertained the audience with a repertoire ranging from slower numbers like ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ to rousing sing-alongs such as ‘Build me Up Buttercup’. This was followed by a close fought quiz won by team the ‘Outstanding Ostriches’.

In the Ashford Sings! choir was Pilgrims Hospices very own Pauline Donkin: “I am so grateful for all the fantastic support given by so many to make this event happen and we are thrilled to have been able to raise so much for Pilgrims Hospices. It was a fabulous evening enjoyed by everybody.

“To have the continuing support from these events means that Pilgrims can continue to provide care both at home and within the hospices for adults with a range of illnesses that cannot be cured including cancer, heart failure, respiratory conditions and neurological diseases, all free of charge.”


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