SUPPORTING THE LOCAL COMMUNITY

The choir's main function is singing for fun but we also like to support our local community whilst doing it.  We do not charge for singing at local fund raising functions and raise money for charities by asking for donations at our free concerts.

 

We have raised over £15,700 since the choir began in 2009.

 

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 Charities we are raising funds for...

 

 2019-20 Street Pastors
 

 

Hastings Street Pastors have become a vital and recognised part of town-centre street nightlife during the nine years they have been working here. All are volunteers from local churches, working on a rota, who have undergone special training and wear an identifiable informal uniform. They go out in groups of three or more on Thursday and Saturday nights, from a town centre base. They walk the seafront Old Town to New Town pub and club areas, dispensing hot drinks, water, food and other aids to the ‘homeless’ that they check in with.  Their first priority during their 10pm to 3.30am shift is ‘care for others’ – not only for those homeless in the streets, but also for groups of foreign students out at night and for the revellers spilling out of pubs and clubs. They keep people safe, linking in with others doing likewise, such as pub bouncers, NHS Safe Space workers, and street security guards.

 2018-19 Amount raised: £1700
 

 

Xtrax is an independent, registered charity working for young people aged 16-24 in Hastings & Rother. Regardless of gender, belief, sexuality or personal history, xtrax provides a safe space where they can get help and support from non-judgemental staff and volunteers, no matter what issues are affecting them. Xtrax provides a truly holistic approach to helping young people overcome problems, address immediate issues affecting them and build stable, successful lives for the future. From their easy-to-access location in Hastings Town Centre young people will find a friendly welcome, eat a nutritious, home-cooked meal, take a shower, do their laundry, access free internet and telephones or just relax in a warm, friendly environment with their peers. At all times, Xtrax's trained staff and volunteers are on hand to then help young people rebuild their lives, whether it be finding the right accommodation, looking for work, enrolling in education, or getting advice on a whole range of issues from parenting, benefits, health or the law.

 2017-18 Total raised: £1090
 

 

Dragonflies is a local free pre- and post-bereavement service supporting children, young people and families. Dragonflies offer a safe place for parents/carers and children to express their grief and to share ways of coping with their loss.

 2016-17 Total raised:  £1600
 

 

Counselling Plus is a charity which offers confidential counselling to people aged 16 years plus, in the local area, at times of stress, change, pain or loss. One of its main aims is to provide an affordable service for those on low income or living on benefits.

2015-16

Total raised:  £2188.00

 

The Snowflake Night Shelter - http://www.snowflake-nightshelter.org.uk/

Friary Gardeners - http://www.parchment-trust.org.uk/section.php/4/1/friary_gardeners

2014-2015

Total raised:  £1889.38

For:

St Michael’s Hospice, Hastings  http://www.stmichaelshospice.org/

St Mary in the Castle http://stmaryinthecastle.co.uk/

 

2013-2014

Total raised:  1577.81

For:

The Sara Lee Trust http://www.saraleetrust.org/

The Talking Trust

2012-13

Total raised: £1075.12

For:

Fellowship of St Nicholas http://www.fsncharity.co.uk

The Xtrax Centre   01424 722524

The Oliver Curd Trust  http://www.theolivercurdtrust.co.uk

2011-12

Total raised: £3877.60

For:

The Music Well, Rye, Cancer Research UK

Surviving Christmas , Care for the Carers (Young Carer’s Project)

Seaview project

2010-11

Total raised: £1807.33

For:

PEACHY

Salvation Army Citadel, Hastings, Macmillan Cancer Support

Perennial (Gardeners Royal Benevolent Soc)

Hastings RNLI

2009-10

Total raised: £614.45

For:

United Reform Church

St Mary Star of the Sea RC Church

Seaview project

Joshua Smith’s Wish List

St Michael’s Hospice