Four Stanhoe and Barwick Women’s Institute members who enjoy singing put their talents to good use to raise money for the Big C charity.
And last week Pam Austin, Mary Lancefield, Geraldine Butcher and Sandra Carr presented a cheque for £714.32 to Big C representative, Rachel Francis, at their regular monthly meeting in Stanhoe village hall.
She told members that the money would help the King’s Lynn Centre, in Norfolk Street, provide equipment and other support for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
The quartet spent 12 hours exercising their tonsils over two days in the hall singing everything from traditional music from Africa and Eastern Europe to Latin religious songs, spirituals, pop and modern songs.
They came together as a quartet especially to raise money for the charity.
Normally they all sing independently for various local choirs and jointly sing together in Fakenham’s Sing for Joy A capella harmony group.
“We do a charity fund-raiser every year,” said Mrs Austin, the WI’s president. In the past charities such as the Norfolk Hospice, the Quidenham Children’s Hospice and the Purfleet Trust have benefited from their efforts. In previous years money-raising ventures have included a Stanhoe village Treasure Hunt, a Murder Mystery Evening, a Halloween Quiz and a Guided tour of the Sandringham Royal Stud.
“This year the vote was unanimous that we should support the cancer charity. Over the past few years several of our members have suffered from cancer.
“Some are in remission and some have sadly died,” said Mrs Austin.
As well as raising the rafters of their local village hall the quartet are hoping local people will continue to add to the total they have raised for a charity that supports people with a disease that destroys so many lives each year.
Contributions can be sent to the WI treasurer, Mary Lancefield, at Candlemas House, Fakenham Road, Stanhoe PE31 8PX.