These last few weeks, as the country adjusts to life in lock-down, have been an interesting time for us all.

Change can be difficult to embrace and for many, separation from loved ones and disruption to daily routines, has proven incredibly hard.  That’s particularly true of people for whom community groups are a real lifeline.

It’s one of the reasons we have been so pleased to support the Do Your Thing Choir Connective in its effort to raise valuable funds for the NHS.  The choir is more than just an incredible vocal group but a community that has provided much comfort to those who have experienced loss or hardship, and discovered the healing benefits of song.

When the lock-down commenced, organiser Liz Taylor knew what a negative impact the absence of practice meets would have on many of its members and, challenged by friend and choir member Carolynne, set about organising a virtual performance of Heather Small track, Proud, to bring together members online and raise funds for the NHS.

The result was incredible, with over 60 members of the choir from across Greater Manchester united in harmonious song.  We were pleased to be asked if we might help raise awareness of their efforts and of course we said yes.

We’re thrilled to see that funds have trebled since the story first broke.  Do Your Thing Choir Connective, you should be Proud.

You can read more about the choir’s efforts on About Manchester & Manchester Confidential.