In 2011 I was asked if I would mind if the Church on the Corner could be used for rehearsals for a one off fundraising concert, I said yes and people from all different walks of life and backgrounds including myself gathered to begin practicing. The concert was a great success and the choir enjoyed it so much that we wanted to continue and so Glee Bah Gum community choir was established. I really enjoy the Monday night rehearsals and all the different concert that we do throughout the year, it is great fun with a fantastic bunch of people.
Last year was a difficult year for me as my brother, after months of missed and wrong diagnosis was given a final diagnosis of Pancreatic Cancer and sadly he passed away on the 10th June 2013 only 4 days after his diagnosis. This meant that during summer 2013 I didn't take part in as many shows as the previous year, however when I returned the choir voted unanimously with my suggestion that our 2014 charity should be Pancreatic Cancer UK
On the 9th June 2014 just the day before the first anniversary of his death Glee Bah Gum put on our annual ‘Sing For Their Supper’ a concert where instead of asking for a ticket price we ask the audience to donate the the Church on the Corner Food Bank and to donate to our charity fundraising.
This year the concert was in memory of Tim and an offering was taken during show, the singing of a special song in Tim’s memory ‘I would give anything I own’. Along with donations which had come from a concert that we did just a couple days earlier at Meersbrook Park Reform Church we have been able to send a cheque for £400 to Pancreatic cancer UK to help defeat this horrendous cancer, and help other people who are suffering in a similar way.
The concert was a source of comfort to Tim’s friends and family as they were able to gather together and do something in his memory but for me I was touched by the fact that the other members of the choir were willing to stand with me at this very sad time and offer me support and help me to remember my dear brother in a very special and hopefully useful way.