Nearly £600 raised for Tenovus

The sun shone for everyone at the Concert in the Park event held in Belvedere Park on Saturday September 5th in aid of Tenovus Cancer Care. The Vale of Glamorgan Mayor, Councillor Fred Johnson hosted the event which was organised by the Drop In Centre and Castleland Community Association in collaboration with Barry Tenovus Sing With Us choir. Vale of Glamorgan MP Alun Cairns and Assembly Member Jane Hutt, together with Local Ward Councillors Chris Elmore and Pamela Drake were among the special guests all of whom felt the event should become an annual tradition!
It was with enormous pleasure that I hosted this event. Many members of the Barry Tenovus Choir are survivors and/or have experience of the trauma of cancer. The choir are a fantastic support for each other and also send the message of hope to others. It was a wonderful afternoon that I was honoured to be part of!Councillor Fred Johnson - Mayor of the Vale of Glamorgan
Barry Sing With Us choir performed many of their popular songs and local girl singer Grace Hartrey performed several of her own songs including a poignant rendition of one dedicated in memory of her Grandmother. Barry Sing With Us choir member Mike Cain entertained the audience with his harmonica playing and African drums – foot tapping stuff! Vale People First band, led by Geoff Davies, thrilled everyone with their fun “Sing a Long” spot and their enthusiasm was catching! Some members of the audience even had a dance! A special performance was also given by Jo Fowler, conductor of Barry Sing With Us choir who played a number of popular tunes on the saxophone creating a real jazz atmosphere. Castleland Community Centre Nearly £600 raised for Tenovus  The event ended with a fitting finale – audience and performers together sang “Simply the Best chosen by lead organiser Eileen Moore who lost her twin sister Renee to cancer last year. White balloons and messages were released in memory of loved ones completing a marvellous 2 hours of fun!
We were delighted to take part in this wonderful celebration of Eileen’s sister, Rene’s life. The choir, soloists and musicians were truly amazing. It was a delightful afternoon remembering those who have survived, been affected by or we’ve tragically lost to cancer. We hope the ‘Concert in the Park’ can become a regular event in the community calendar. Our sincere thanks to all the amazing volunteers who organised the afternoon and we very much look forward to next year’s concert.Local Ward Councillors
All funds, a total of £594.95 will be donated to Tenovus and, if you would like to add to our fundraising, please visit the Tenovus website using the link below:

Click here to make a contribution to the fund

Our thanks to all our supporters: To Fred for hosting and compering with such flair, Jane and Alun for their kind comments, to our surprise visitors from Liverpool for making such a long journey,  Mike Bendell of Vibe Creative for supplying much needed gazebos and technical equipment, Vale of Glamorgan Council for use of their sound system, our raffle prize donors, Debbie Hillberg for the Tenovus Cake, Alistair of the Veg Rack for the fruit basket and Drop In centre for the kids indoor and outdoor play swing and see saw. Thanks also to all our performers, our community volunteers and those who gave so generously in support of others.

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