A Dorset-based music group has handed over a cheque to the tune of £500 to the Dorset Cancer Centre - which is based at Poole Hospital - in a flourish of a-cappella harmonies.
The Half Eight Quartet, part of Dorset-based Southern Union Chorus, delivered the cheque to Dr Susannah Brock, oncology consultant, while they performed Louis Armstrong’s A Wonderful World along with other songs such as Songs of the South’s Zipp-A-De-Do-Da and The Crystal’s Da Do Ron Ron.
Chairman Brian Dobson joined the chorus three years ago. He said: “I thought about joining a choir as I’d heard that singing helps asthma because of the breathing exercises used.
“One day I was shopping when I heard this wonderful music. It was the Southern Union Chorus, and I knew I had to join.”
The chorus, which was launched in 1976, has raised thousands of pounds for local charities through performances, and currently supports the brachytherapy unit, part of the Dorset Cancer Centre at Poole Hospital, and the About Face charity.
Brian continued: “Cancer is something which affects so many people – when I suggested the brachytherapy unit we were all in agreement as it may be something we all need to use in the future.”
Karen Bew, brachytherapy superintendent, said: “The money that has been donated by the chorus will go towards a new powered theatre trolley, to be used in the brachytherapy theatre.
“Donations of these kinds make a huge difference to us by allowing us to invest in equipment for the benefit of patients – without charitable donations, none of this would be possible.”
If you enjoy close harmony singing and can sign in tune, go along to rehearsals held at 7.30pm every Monday at Linwood School, Alma Road, or join one of the free Learn to Sing programmes. For more details visit www.southernunionchorus.co.uk or call 01202 480061.
If you want to find out more about fundraising for the Dorset Cancer Centre, call the Poole Hospital Charity’s fundraising team on 01202 448449.