They say music can be a healer, but it can also lift spirits, brighten a day, and – in some cases – raise lots of money!
The wonderful Blend Choir, an incredibly talented group who have been performing together for some six years, have recently chosen to support Maggie’s through collections around London. Having performed at the West End and even at the Olivier Awards, the choir delighted commuters with their incredible repertoire, drawing crowds, being filmed and raising hundreds of pounds!
One of the choir’s members, Ben, has been supported by our centre during treatment for his brain tumour; he wanted to do something positive to give back to Maggie’s and his friends were only too happy to get involved:
I have been using the Maggies West London centre since my brain cancer diagnosis in 2013. I use Maggies as my safe haven where I’m always welcomed warmly by the friendly staff. The facilities are fantastic and extremely homely.
I have used many of their facilities over the years including support groups, workshops, massages. I have regular counselling with Andrea which I find very helpful. I originally entered the centre to ask for financial help and Jay was so helpful with my worries.
I often sit in Maggies’ warm environment when waiting for results or appointments at the hospital next door.
In 2018 myself and Blend Choir that I sing with sang at a couple of underground stations singing Christmas songs to help raise money for the centre. I wanted to do this as I have been using the centre for years and they never ask for anything in return. I felt it was my time to give back because I wanted to say thank you for all their selfless support. Maggies have supported my family and partner & when I was first diagnosed I remember it was the first place I felt comfortable to cry and let myself be vulnerable and naturally sad.
We all love you Maggies!
If you are interested in fundraising for Maggie’s, in any way at all, please email us on WestLondonFundraising@maggiescentres.org – rest assured you don’t have to sing!