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Trust choir will raise funds for Derby SANDS at Christmas concert

Published 05/11/2015

A choir which has raised more than £150,000 for charities is planning to support yet another good cause when it performs at a fund-raising concert this winter.

The Derby Hospitals Choir has been supporting local organisations since it was established in 1983, offering help to hospital departments as well as outside groups.

This year, singers have chosen to support Derby SANDS which supports anyone who has been affected by the death of a baby before, during or shortly after birth.

Choir chairman Louise Hill said: “SANDs provides a real service. This money will go towards extending their memorial garden and it will be for everyone. It will enable people who have lost children over many years to pay tribute and have somewhere they can go to remember them.”

All proceeds from the concert, in December, will go towards creating a willow sculpture in the shape of a butterfly, where families can hang tributes to the children they have lost. It will be put alongside the existing sculpture in the Butterfly Garden at Markeaton Crematorium, which has become too full for any further names to be added.

Kirsty Wiser, chairman of Derby SANDs, said: “We are delighted to be chosen as this year's beneficiary of the Derby Hospital Choir Concert.  Our memorial acknowledges and remembers local babies who died during pregnancy, birth, or in the weeks and months after birth. The garden provides a much needed space for reflection for many bereaved families.  On behalf of our members, and as a bereaved parent myself, I cannot thank the choir enough for their support."

The existing sculpture has the names of 270 lost babies, who were born on dates ranging from 1942 until October 2015. The new sculpture will allow parents to create a lasting memorial for many more babies.

This year’s concert will take place on Friday, 4 December, at Derby Cathedral. Around 120 members will come together to perform a varied programme of songs, including traditional and more modern Christmas carols. The group will be accompanied by Derwent Brass and TV auctioneer Charles Hanson will be there to help the evening along. There will be a prize draw with a large selection of prizes.

Tickets, costing £15 or £12, are available from the Derby Cathedral bookshop or by emailing derbyhospitalschoir@hotmail.com

Last Modified 05/11/2015