2020 is certainly proving to be a very difficult and worrying year for everyone. The arrival of Covid19 has turned our lives as we know them upside down, throwing us into a way of life which we never expected to become the norm.

With a blanket suspension of all face to face singing rehearsals and activities the pandemic has forced us to reluctantly cancel shows and fundraising events, which has caused us great disappointment. The Zoom experience, although very welcome to fill the void just isn’t quite the same is it?

Now more than ever charities desperately need our fundraising efforts to boost their income to enable them to continue providing the great services they do, often without Government financial support. Many self funded charities are really struggling and are in danger of folding, which is of great concern.

At Spinnaker Chorus we change our chosen charity with each financial year and have just come to the end of our fundraising year supporting Children with Cancer UK. Our procedure for choosing a charity involves our members suggesting nominations which are put into a hat. Our fundraising team then draw four nominations randomly. These four charities are then researched and members are briefed on each and asked to vote for their preferred choice. The charity with the most votes becomes the one we will fundraise for, for the next financial year.

CWCKUK was nominated initially by Spinnakerette Diana Carver from our lovely Lead section. Di said…..
Cancer is a scary thing for adults let alone children , my reason for choosing the charity is so that hopefully the donation will go towards making the children feel less anxious and frightened. Sadly over a third of funding is now under threat because of Covid19 so every donation helps the children ‘ring the bell 🔔’ at the successful end of treatment.

Despite having events cancelled since March’20 Spinnaker are pleased to present CWCUK with a healthy donation of £604.56. This reflects a percentage of our total fundraising activity achieved and was raised from raffles, bingo nights, Bonus Ball lottery, CD sales, singing events, Christmas bookings, public donation collections. Our small group Decadence even sang on the Isle of Wight car ferry and collected a generous amount from appreciative passengers.