This Year (2020-2021)
This year our members have voted for Young Devon as our charity of the year. All our fundraisers will be in aid of this brilliant charity!
Young Devon is the largest young people’s charity in the South West – providing support for young people across a wide range of areas. They offer mental health support, aim to prevent homelessness and help young people with professional skills development – along with many many other projects! They were voted for by our members as our charity of the year and we are very proud to be supporting them.
Over the first term, we had some challenges due to various lock downs and resulting restrictions but we still managed to raise over £600!
In early December, our members took part in the Exeter City Community Trust Sant Run for the second year in a row! Although we couldn’t all run together, it was great to see people still put in a lot of effort running around Exeter or their local town in a santa suit. Thank you to everyone who donated to this event, it will make such a difference to the charity.
For the run up to Christmas, committee created a self care/musical Advent Calendar. After making a small donation, donors were subscribed to daily emails consisting of a self care, often christmassy prompt and an associated curated spotify playlist. This was a great way to provide people with something musical around Christmas as we were not able to host our annual Christmas concert.
We’re really looking forward to term 2 and thank you for all of your support so far! If you would like to make a donation, please check out our page at https://exeterguild.enthuse.com/cf/contemporary-choir-s-advent-calendar
And if you would like more information about Young Devon, you can find them here: https://www.youngdevon.org/
Last Year (2019-20)
Last year we fundraised for Macmillan Cancer Support because it is a charity very close to some of our members’ hearts. In the Summer of 2019, two members of the University of Exeter Contemporary Choir, Lucy Newman and Jess Hudson, lost their mothers. Linda Newman and Madeleine Hudson were fantastic mothers, brilliant women, and loved that their daughters sung in our choir whilst at university. After an incredibly sad summer, our members voted to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support as our charity of the year for 2019-20.
We had various events throughout the year in which everyone joined in. From a Santa Run to a CD recording to carol singing, we made sure there was something for everyone, which we hope to continue in this year. Not only was it so important that we raised £11,039.11 for Macmillan, it was also rewarding on an individual level and brought the choir together as a community.
Our Charity Music Video
In the News
After releasing our charity music video, we were delighted to feature in DevonLive! This helped increase the outreach of our story by explaining how our charity single came about and the importance of our fundraising efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We were also honoured to be invited on the BBC Radio Devon for an interview with Pippa Quelch! Two of our outgoing committee, Jack and Will, talked about our fundraising throughout the year and all about the meaning behind our charity single, ‘Right There With You’.