A respected North Somerset choir has raised more than £500 for Weston Hospicecare during an emotional concert held in memory of two of its former members.
St Mary’s Church Choir in Hutton performed the Roger Jones musical Wildfire at Christ Church in memory of Pat Jefferis and Jackie Williams, who both died in June.
Both Pat and Jackie had been cared for by Weston Hospicecare in their final weeks – either at home, or at the hospice – and choir members had voted unanimously to stage the event to raise money for the charity.
The concert was a repeat of one staged earlier in the year, when Pat had sung alongside other choristers and Jackie had supported the group as ‘one of the pillars of the organisation’.
Choir director Eric Holdaway and Jackie and Pat’s husbands Dan Jefferis and John Williams visited the hospice to hand over a cheque for £520 raised during what proved a deeply moving occasion.
Some twenty-six members of the choir took part in a production Eric described as having ‘a lot of emotion in it’ even before factoring in the added poignancy of the occasion.
John said: “We were able to think back to the previous performance when my wife had been a chorister, and how we were doing it again for her and for Jackie.
“The support we had here (at the hospice) was fantastic. Even if we held a concert every week, it still wouldn’t be enough to repay the hospice.”
Weston Hospicecare’s Simon Angear accepted the cheque, and explained how grateful the hospice was to receive the support of St Mary’s Church Choir.
He said: “We rely heavily on the support of the community to enable us to provide the service we do, but it especially means a lot to the team when people are motivated to raise money for us after experiencing first-hand the work we do.
“I know this must have been a highly emotional occasion for all of the choir members, but especially for Dan and John, and so it was lovely to be able to welcome them into the hospice to hear about the event and say a personal thank you for supporting us.”