Special evening of song in memory of Beryl
Asingers’ group has boosted the work of St Catherine’s Hospice to the tune of £1,200 after organising a charity concert in memory of one of their members.
The June Baker Singers, who meet each week at the United Reformed Church in Garstang, held the event in honour of their late member Beryl Hodgkinson.
She spent nearly a week receiving specialised palliative care on the St Catherine’s In-Patient Unit before her death in September 2010, just a few days short of her 70th birthday.
The Singers organise a memorial concert whenever a member passes away if this fits with their family’s wishes. Beryl’s sons Andrew and David, as well as her sisters Jean Smith, Sheila Whiteside and Audrey Darlington, agreed they would like the event to go ahead, and kindly picked St Catherine’s as the beneficiary for the cash raised.
The event took place at Beryl’s local church – St Hilda’s in Bilsboritem – and covered a host of musical genres, including her favourite track ‘As Long As I Have Music’.
The church was packed with guests and in total the event raised an amazing £1,200 in ticket sales and extra donations on the night.
Gladys Bradshaw, a member of the June Baker singers who helped organise the event, said: “When a member of the group passes away, we ask the family if they would like a concert held in their memory.
“It’s always for charity and we offer the choice of which organisation to the family. We picked the songs we performed on the night especially with Beryl in mind, and it was a very special evening.
“We’re thrilled with the amount of money raised, and send our thanks to everyone for their support.”
Beryl’s sister Jean added: “As soon as we were asked which charity we would like the money to go to we chose St Catherine’s Hospice.
“The care Beryl received here was wonderful, and the staff we all came into contact with were so lovely.”
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