I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to spend my Jellybean Day of Giving singing at the London Coliseum! The homeless charity, Shelter, had commissioned a song, ‘A Place to Call Home’, with the aim of trying to get it to be the Christmas No. 1 for 2019 and they invited choirs & singers from all over the country to take part in the recording. Over 2,000 people of all ages, including school children, made the trip to London to take part. I sing with Leatherhead Choral Society and we decided it would be a really worthwhile project to be a part of. So having rehearsed together we made our way up to the Coliseum to actually record the song. We were lucky enough to be accompanied by the English National Opera Orchestra and Chorus and most exciting of all Sir Bryn Terfel, Lesley Garrett and Alice Coote!
Together with fellow bean Nick, it was our absolute pleasure to spend half a day with the residents and staff at Hartfield House Care Home. Newly opened in Leatherhead, we were welcomed at the shiny new home by a bright and bubbly team and a wonderful group of residents. “The entertainers are here”, one of the staff members announced. At first, panic and nerves waved through me but then I remembered the significance of what Nick and I were doing; giving up our time to put smiles on these gorgeous residents’ faces and bring some extra joy to the already chirpy care home – the nerves soon vanished.
For Jellybean’s 12 Days of Giving I joined the team at Celia Cross Greyhound Trust to help with all the great work they do and fully immerse myself in a doggy-filled day. Based just outside of Guildford, in acres of beautiful land, Celia’s was founded in 1977 and has been a registered charity since 1993. Celia’s Trust rescues and rehabilitates retired racing greyhounds and lurchers that have either been abounded or ill-treated; passionate about what they do, it offers a place of love and nurture, helping to lead (no pun intended!) to their forever homes.
An inspiring morning…
For my charity morning, I decided to work at the Princess Alice Hospice charity shop. This charity is dedicated to making end of life care the best it can possibly be and supporting families through this difficult time.