Food banks receive cheques from DGHP’s charity choirs

Carol Marshall, sessional worker; Donald Thomson, of DGHP's Choir for Charity and Alison Bennewith, Food Bank co-ordinator with the cheque for �750
Carol Marshall, sessional worker; Donald Thomson, of DGHP's Choir for Charity and Alison Bennewith, Food Bank co-ordinator with the cheque for �750

Food banks across Dumfries and Galloway have been receiving cheques this week from DGHP’s charity choir members.

Members of staff from DGHP, DGHP’s repairs contractor and family and friends took part in last year’s Choir for Charity event and helped raise a total of £24,000 for various charities in the region.

Out of the total amount, each choir received a share or £3000 – which DGHP staff chose to donate to four local food banks to help people in need.

Anne Renton, from DGHP, took part in the choir and said: “We all decided as a group that we wanted to donate locally to a cause that we know will really help a lot of people. We know the money raised will go to benefit many people right across Dumfries and Galloway.”

This week, a cheque for £750 was handed over by Donald Thomson, a member of DGHP’s choir, to representatives of the Wigtownshire Trussell Trust Food Bank at Apex Scotland Stranraer.

Alison Bennewith, food bank co-ordinator, said: “This cheque for £750 from DGHP’s choir will go a long way to helping people who are in poverty and in crisis in this area of Dumfries and Galloway. We can’t thank them enough, this is very generous.”

The Choir for Charity event took place at the end of last year and those taking part were recently issued with their funds to issue to their chosen charities.

Cheques for £750 have also been handed over to the food bank at the Presbytery of Wigtown and Stranraer, the First Base Agency in Dumfries and the Presbytery of Annandale and Eskdale Food Bank.

Marlane Gordon, of the Presbytery of Wigtown and Stranraer, said: “Receiving this amount of money is absolutely wonderful. Thank you so much to DGHP’s choir for thinking about us. We rely solely on donations of food and money and this will go towards feeding the vulnerable families who turn to us for help.”

Christopher Watt, musical director for DGHP’s Choir, added: “It was great fun bringing together people from DGHP, our repairs contractor and their families - most of whom had never sang before – and getting them singing as one. Our songs, Highland Cathedral and a Dolly Parton medley, were chosen because of their popularity and because they allowed the choir to demonstrate their newly acquired vocal skills.”