‘Santa in the City’
The very first performance of The Advocacy Project Community Choir was on 6 December, as part of the famous ‘Santa in the City’ 5K run event. We were chosen to sing festive songs to support the runners and help give out the medals.
Our repertoire of festive songs rang out for all to hear and was appreciated by everyone, spurring people on and adding to the festive vibe. Our Service users really entered into the spirit of the evening with the choir being heard above the jingle of so many running Santas.
We started singing in Paternoster Square by the fountain and then led the procession to the start line at Millennium Bridge. We sang as runners set off and were in full voice with a warm welcome as they returned to the finish line.
Some of our service users took great delight in handing out well-deserved medals to people who completed the run. Service users including Michael, Stephen, Yosief, Sylvia and Patricia.
We had such a good time that it has encouraged more people to join our choir, and we have been invited to perform at more venues. We will provide details about this in due course.
It was lovely to see our Service users, trustees, staff and their families and friends performing together. Everyone really enjoyed the atmosphere, singing well known secular songs promoting inclusion and togetherness. The Santa hats and reindeer antlers, looked a treat and the sleigh bells added to the festivities.
Coffee, tea, soup and sandwiches were on offer to keep us warm
What a great way to raise money for our charity, money is still coming in but we think the total will be as much as £3,000. A special thank you to The RG Foundation that has raised over £1300 for us to date. We will put all the money raised to good use to further benefit our service users.
Thanks to everyone who contributed and came along to support us.
Our next performance…
We are holding carol concerts in various locations during the run-up to Christmas our next performance is at Beatrice Place on 20 Dec from 2.00 – 3.30pm.
Looking to the future
In the fullness of time, we hope that the choir will become a user-led organisation in its own right.