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Choir raises money for local charity

Rachael Little (Health Care Assistant at Eden Valley Hospice), Stewart Long, Anne Johnstone, Carol Sharman (Health Care Assistant at Eden Valley Hospice), Rita Yeowart, John Simpson and Andrea Smith

[T]he Carlisle Veteran Male Voice Choir recently raised £260 for Eden Valley Hospice from a concert held in memory of one of their members Alec Johnstone who passed away in the Hospice.

Alec was a member of the choir for over 25 years.  He was a qualified painter and decorator, then joined the staff at Garlands Hospital in 1966 until he retired.  Alec was popular with patients he assisted with.

The male voice choir has been going for 65 years and has approximately 20 singers, all retired men.  Their oldest member is 92 years old.  They perform songs from various genres, performing regularly and visiting care homes and other groups in the Carlisle Area.

Katrina Sander, Fundraising Manager (Community and Events) at the Hospice, says “We are very grateful to the Carlisle Veterans Male Voice Choir and Alec’s widow Anne, for raising money for the Hospice in this way.  It’s a lovely tribute to Alec for all his years involved with the choir.  The continued support of the local community is very important to us.  The Hospice would not be here without their donations.”

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