A choir formed by unpaid carers from Swindon officially launched Christmas at the Wiltshire-based motor dealership Pebley Beach this week.
Back in the summer, the Hyundai and Suzuki dealer promised to “match every pound” raised by Swindon Carers Centre’s ‘Walk A Mile In My Shoes’ sponsored walk (up to £1,000).
The dealership claims that not only did its pledge “spur on” supporters to hit the £1,000 total, they actually exceeded it – raising almost £2,000. In addition to Pebley Beach’s donation, the campaign raised just under £3,000.
To say thank you, seven of the 14-strong Swindon Carers Choir performed a selection of carols and Christmas songs at the showroom on Tuesday 12 December. Their repertoire included Let it Go, from Disney’s Frozen, Hark the Herald Angels Sing! and Rocking Around the Christmas Tree, which was filmed for the occasion.
The choir apparently represents some of the 4,000 unpaid carers, whose ages range from between five and 96, who are supported by the charity. Dominic Threlfall, managing director for Pebley Beach, said: “We are proud to have supported Swindon Carers Centre this year and were delighted that their choir could bring some festive cheer to our showroom.”
Typically, the carers are looking after a spouse or family member. Younger carers, of whom there are around 900 in the borough, are often supporting a parent. The weekly choir rehearsals provide a break from caring, and a platform for mutual support. The choir – which was formed a year ago – performs around Swindon, raising awareness of the charity.
Pictured above: Pebley Beach MD Dominic Threlfall with the Swindon Carers Choir