Christmas Celebration Concert in Branksome raises over £3000 for Brendoncare Clubs

A Christmas Celebration Concert in Branksome has raised over £3,000 for local charity Brendoncare, with more than 300 people enjoying performances by Salvacosta, the Woodfalls Brass Band and Dynamix Minis Youth Choir.

Organised by Brendoncare volunteer Rod Fletcher from Northbourne, the concert took place at St. Aldhelm’s Church in Branksome, where more than 50 Christmas trees had been decorated by a variety of local charities and community groups. It was a truly beautiful setting for a wide range of festive music, with mulled fruit punch and mince pies available for donations during the interval.

Money raised from the concert will help Brendoncare to provide social and friendship clubs for older people across Hampshire and Dorset. With 84 clubs offering a range of different  activities, Brendoncare aims to tackle loneliness and isolation among older people by offering a place to meet new friends and enjoy fun, company and a warm welcome.

Salvacosta, led by Darren Bartlett, lived up to their reputation as one of the top adult choirs in the country, performing traditional and contemporary pieces, including one written by Darren himself. The Dynamix Minis youth choir was formed earlier this year by Darren, and featured children aged between 5 and 10 years, who stole the show with their renditions of “Where is Love?” and “My Favourite Things”. The award-winning Woodfalls Brass Band accompanied both choirs, and also performed several old favourites and some new compositions to add a really festive flavour to the whole evening.

Brendoncare Chief Executive Carole Sawyers accepted a cheque from Rod Fletcher on the evening, saying “We would really like to thank Rod for all his hard work in putting together such a wonderful evening. £3000 is a fantastic sum of money, and will make a huge difference to our clubs across Dorset and Hampshire. We have 84 clubs, with 3,500 members, many of whom might otherwise be very lonely. Our clubs cover a wide variety of interests, including fitness, singing, lunch clubs, coffee clubs and much more, and we know that our members see their club meetings as a real highlight of the week. Thank you to everybody who has supported this concert and donated to Brendoncare.”

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