LLANELLI-based choir, Cor Curiad, has received an outstanding contribution award for its fundraising efforts after raising £22,000 for the national terminal illness charity, Marie Curie.
The group of 45 singers, led by Alex Esney-Davies and Craig Oldham, undertook a number of fundraising events to raise vital funds in recent years including Christmas craft fayres and concerts, quiz nights, and busking events across Swansea.
Pat Hodgson, who has been a member of the group for 19 years and is 72 years old, also completed a sponsored wing walk in 2018, raising an impressive £2500 for the organisation which was chosen as Charity of the Year in 2018 and 2019 after it was chosen by the members in a vote.
Julie Banfield, who acts as the choir’s treasurer, shared her desire to support the charity when the group was looking for a new charity to support. Her husband, Hugh, was cared for by Marie Curie Nurses in December 2015 at the end of his life.
“My son doesn’t live close by and my sister was working in Cardiff when my husband was unwell, so I really appreciated the support from Marie Curie Nurses. I couldn’t have done it without them. I felt like they were looking after me too.”
Alex Esney, musical director of the choir, said:
“Julie suggested Marie Curie when we were deciding on what charity to support next. We put it to a vote and we went for it. We are gobsmacked that we were given the outstanding contribution award as we weren’t expecting it at all and it was really emotional. We love doing this and we had great support from the team at Marie Curie too.”
Cor Curiad received the award at the official launch of Marie Curie’s annual Great Daffodil Appeal held at the Senedd on Wednesday 5 February. The event is the charity’s biggest fundraising campaign with around 8 million iconic daffodil pins distributed every year.
Every year Marie Curie cares for around 3,500 terminally ill people across Wales. The charity has around 150 Marie Curie Nurses working in the community as well as providing specialist care for patients at its Cardiff and the Vale hospice in Penarth.
The organisation needs to raise £500,000 every day to ensure it can continue delivering vital care to terminally ill people across the UK.
Alison Discombe, Marie Curie Community Fundraiser for south west Wales said:
“Without groups like Cor Curiad we simply wouldn’t be able to offer the same level of care to the people across Wales who are living with a terminal illness, so we’re incredibly grateful for their continued support.”
“It’s fantastic to see the group recognised for the amazing effort they’ve put in to raising vital funds for us over the last two years and we hope this inspires others to give fundraising a go!”