When Mount Edgcumbe Hospice in St Austell was opened back in 1980 it was with the support of many local organisations and groups, including the Imerys Singers. Founded in 1970, the local group have continued their support ever since and have just presented Cornwall Hospice Care, the charity that runs the hospice, with £500.

“Sadly, we’ve had several members come to the hospice” says Margaret Jane, “and we’ve always supported the charity because of the care they received.” Times have been tough for the group who’ve haven’t been able to run any fundraising events or sing together, but Margaret says that hasn’t stopped them remembering the importance of the hospice. “We’ve always made a donation at this time of year so have decided to give this from our choir funds because we know how much the money is needed to keep the hospices open 24/7 in these difficult times.”

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Pictured are (from left to right) Cornwall Hospice Care Chief Executive Paul Brinsley, Margaret Jane, Margaret Stone and the charity’s Clinical Director Gina Starnes.

£14,000 boost in the last 15 years

Accepting the gift Chief Executive Paul Brinsley said; “This is very generous and much appreciated. We value the friendship and support of the Imerys Singers who’ve raised money for us for almost the full 40 years this hospice has been here for the people of Cornwall. According to our current records, since 2006 alone they’ve raised nearly £14,000 and that’s superb.” He was joined by Gina Starnes, Clinical Director at Cornwall Hospice Care and a member of the Imerys Singers; “We’re a very close group offering each other support and friendship while enjoying the benefits of singing, even if it is only to ourselves at the moment. The continuing support of the singers is very much appreciated.”

Margaret Jane meanwhile, says they’re always looking for new members; “I’m afraid we’re all getting a bit older and we need more people to join us so we can keep the group going in to the future. We meet every Monday evening at 7.30pm at the Carclaze Sunday School in St Austell next to the Chapel. But if people want to know more before coming along, they can email me on Marg.jane48@gmail.com or call 07971 980586.”