Horsham PBCC Choir raises £600 and sing at St Catherine’s Hospice.
It was out of a simple desire that the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church choir from Horsham chose to perform for St Catherine’s Hospice (Crawley, West Sussex) to show their appreciation for the way they give those suffering from an illness a quality of life. All 30 choir members can remember the quality care provided by the hospice for a Horsham PBCC member giving him strength and support, physically and emotionally, in the last days of his life.
Through hard work, determination and effort, the choir performed twice to friends and family and raised £600 for the Hospice, showing gratitude to the staff for their service, care and dedication to the patients. The choir only practised for an hour a week, for 6 weeks before they went along to St Catherine’s Hospice. The result was a superb rendering of several well-known songs and gospel hymns including: Above All, Old Rugged Cross, Give them all to Jesus, Top of the World, It is no secret and How great thou Art.
This event was organised with a view to lifting the morale of the patients, and judging by the cheerful responses from the audience this certainly happened. Small bags containing a few gifts and some gospel literature were left for the patients and carers.
After the choir finished, members spoke to the patients giving them encouragement, telling them about the background of the PBCC. They left them feeling encouraged and with something to remember.
One particular patient, suffering from a terminal illness, was very affected by the fact that it was young people who were singing two of the hymns she has asked to be sung at her funeral. She thanked the choir very much for singing them.
The parting shot from the patients was ‘when are you coming back?’
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Old rugged cross
It is no secret
How great Thou art
Top of the world
Give them all to Jesus