Our annual Carolthon took place on Saturday 15 December when we sang in the Eastgate Centre, Inverness, in shifts from 10.30am to 4.30pm, with a larger group singing between 12.30 and 1.30pm.
There was a good crowd listening and many generous donations made - our partner charity Inverness Foodstuff's collectors working hard with their collecting buckets all day. Watch this space to find out how much we raised, with more money to come by way of sponsorship. There are some photos of the first 'shift' below and in the photo galleries section, but do visit our Facebook page for more photos and video clips.
Founded in February 2015, Inverness Foodstuff regularly welcomes around 30-40 of Inverness’s 130 registered homeless people to their drop-in café.
Every Tuesday and Thursday, and Saturday afternoons, year round, including Christmas, some of the 86 volunteers provide food, help, support and advice in the warm, cheery atmosphere in the Ness Bank Church Hall.
Local retailers donate unsold food which is turned into delicious meals by the volunteer cooks.
There’s free wifi access, 6 laptops, advice about employability, benefits, healthcare, hairdressing – all boosting wellbeing and self respect and leading to new friendships and positive change.
Even with discounted rental cost from the church and only one paid part-time employee, it still costs £25,000 per annum to run the project.
Treasurer Bob Glover said “We were delighted that this vital community resource was recognised in June when we were finalists in the Scottish Charity Awards 2018. This national recognition was a tremendous boost for our hardworking and committed volunteers. We’re delighted to be chosen as the charity partner for the Choral Society’s annual Carolthon and would be very grateful for every penny raised”.
(Pictured right is the charity's Treasurer, Bob Glover, together with Carolthon organisers Carol and Mandy).
The November fundraising Coffee Morning took place on Saturday 10th November in the splendidly refurbished main Hall in Inverness Town House.
Thank you to everyone who supported us by coming, buying raffle tickets, having a go at the bottle stall or buying some home baking. As ever, thanks are also due to Sheila Bruce who played the piano so splendidly throughout the morning, enhancing everyone's enjoyment of the event. A provisional total of around £750 was raised to help fund future performances at Eden Court Theatre.
And even further back:
The rehearsal on Monday 8th October was made memorable by the presence of our Honorary Patron, Pat MacMahon, better known throughout Scotland as an inspirational singing teacher and voice coach. Pat's career as a soprano soloist is also legendary. She regularly imparts some of her wisdom to the Society and those of us present benefited hugely from her sparkling, energetic and inspirational approach to singing 'The Armed Man'. "The energy comes from the words", she emphasised, encouraging members to imagine themselves facing the enemy in conflicts such as Culloden - the fear, the adrenalin, the faith needed to face the unknown. Our Chairman, Angus, spoke for us all when he joined conductor Gordon in thanking Pat for her generous tuition. Now we must practise our diction and boost our energy levels to convey all the emotions that this dramatic and moving work demands!
And this time last year:
We had a busy day at the annual Carolthon on 16th December and hope all the shoppers enjoyed the lovely selection of music. Thanks to the team from our partner charity Alzheimer Scotland who were busy with the collecting buckets.
Congratulations all round and a huge thank you to everyone who donated. We raised £5,316, and recently presented Alzheimer Scotland with a cheque for £2,658.
Our Carolthon organisers, Mandy Thomas (left) and Carol Brown (right) presenting our cheque to Elma MacKay of Alzheimer Scotland. Once again, a huge thank you to everyone who contributed to raising this amazing amount (half of the total achieved, the Society's funds benefiting from the other half).