4 March 2015
A Derbyshire charity which provides support to people with sight loss has something to sing about after being presented with a cheque for £8,000.
The money was raised for Sight Support Derbyshire by Derby Hospitals Choir at their annual fundraising concert at Derby Cathedral.
Claire Winfield, Sight Support Derbyshire’s Chief Executive, and Eileen Bagguley, the charity’s Fundraising and Communications Manager, accepted a huge cheque from Gill O’Halloran, retiring Derby Hospitals Choir Chair, at the choir’s annual general meeting.
The money will be used to buy a van for the organisation, so it can continue to carry out home visits and deliver vital equipment to visually impaired people in and around Derby.
Claire Winfield said: “Receiving this amount of money is fantastic for the organisation. Every year we wonder, and we admittedly worry, about where the money is going to come from for our services. Every penny of this will go towards a very good cause.”
Formed in 1983 to perform a one-off concert in aid of the Macmillan Continuing Care Unit, Derby Hospitals Choir has now been staging its annual concerts for more than 30 years and has raised over £140,000 for health charities during this time.
Picture caption:Gill O’Halloran (centre left) presents the cheque for £8,000 to Claire Winfield and Eileen Bagguley, watched by members of the choir committee.