The SALT Community Choir singing at a wedding in Hebburn
SALT choir raises more than £2700 for good causes
The SALT – Singing Along Together – virtual choir came together in March so we could continue to enjoy singing throughout lockdown in the community we had become.
Before lockdown we held concerts from time to time to raise funds for charitable causes, but it was difficult to see how we could continue to do this. Singing using Zoom was a different experience altogether.
We decided it was time to start thinking out of the box. The result? £2764 raised for worthy causes since May 2020.
How did we do this?
We held a Song Auction in May 2020, based on a list of songs from our repertoire drawn up by our musical director. Choir members bid £2 for each song they wanted to sing, raising the wonderful sum of £430 for a local food bank, Hebburn Helps.
In July an emergency situation in one of our local churches arose. We donated what we could as individual choir members and also sent a donation of £360 straight to the church.
Following the explosion in Beirut, the British Red Cross Emergency Appeal was raising funds to provide people with vital medical care and support, and choir members wanted to help. We held a donated gift auction and £300 was raised and sent to the British Red Cross by choir member Margaret.
December 2020 saw the choir raise £240 for Christ Church with the sale of bespoke Christmas baubles.
In May 2021, following an appeal on local TV by the Newcastle Hindu temple requesting donations, we raised £600 to support the efforts to alleviate the crisis in India.
We received the following reply. 'Thank you very much all members of SALT Community, Choir. We can’t thank you enough for your contribution. It means so much to us what you have done today. After a difficult year for all something like this restores your faith in humanity come together and beating this virus. God bless you.'
What comes next? Who can say? Reaching out to support others remains a priority for our choir community, which gives us so much joy.