In 2017, Caritas Harmony will raise funds for charity through the many concerts and events that they organise or are invited to participate in.  

 

 

 

 CHARITABLE SUPPORT 2017

        

           Over the past three years Caritas Harmony has donated £10,693 to Macmillan. 

                               

                                    The final cheque presented in May, 2017

The Charities we have chosen to support in 2017 are many and varied, starting with our concert in April in support of the Friends of St. Lawrence Church, Abbots Langley.

In May, we are pleased to sing for the MS Society Therapy Centre in Bedford.  One of our members, Rita, has a close link with this charity.

In June, we are helping to raise funds for the Mayor of Dunstable's charities when we perform our Summer Serenade at the Grove Theatre, Dunstable on June 11.

We are performing once again at the Hitchin Festival in July.  Our concert will be in aid of Cancer Research, a cause which resonates with almost every choir member.

Our annual picnic concert at Wayside Cottage in Barton-le-Clay will take place in August and will help provide funds for the very worthwhile cause, The East Anglian Air Ambulance.

East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) is the charity providing a helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) for the people of East Anglia. Since their launch in 2000 they have attended over 20,000 lifesaving missions, touching the lives of many thousands of people.

Their crew comprises specialist pre-hospital doctors and critical-care paramedics, operating out of two high-tech helicopters from 07:00 until 19:00 from their Norwich base and from 07:00 until 01:30 from their Cambridge base. EAAA was the first air ambulance in the country to attend helicopter emergency medical incidents in the hours of darkness to unknown and unlit sites.

EAAA aims to provide the best possible outcomes for people unfortunate enough to be involved in incidents or medical emergencies. The combination of a quick response time, advanced critical care on scene, and rapid onward transfer, when appropriate, can be vital in saving lives and improving patients' prospects of making a full recovery.

October sees us at Rothampsted, Harpenden, raising funds for A-T, Ataxia Telangiectasia.

Ataxia-Telangiectasia , or A-T, is a rare and complex genetic disorder for which there is no cure.  It is often referred to as a 'multi-system' disorder because it affects a number of different systems within the body.  Amongst the most significant of these are:

  • Increasing difficulty in controlling and co-ordinating movements (ataxia)
  • Reduced efficiency of the immune system leading to more frequent infcctions (immunodeficiency) 
  • An increased risk in developing cancers, in particular, leukaemia and lymphoma
  • Prominent blood vessels often in and around the eyes (telangiectasia)
  • Increased sensitivity to x-rays and similar radiation
However, there is great variation in how these different aspects of the disease affect different individuals. Some people may not experience all of the above symptoms, though the ataxia is almost always present to some extent.  These problems can have knock-on effects, for example, difficulty in  co-ordinating movements can make it difficult to eat and/or swallow, which can lead to children being under-weight, or to particles of food getting into the lungs and causing problems.

In addition, we will sing a lunchtime concert for Dunstable Salvation Army in October.

Our main Christmas concert in December will raise funds for the local hospice, Keech. In the past, we have raised over £120,000 for this charity.

Over the past three years, we have raised £10,693 for Macmillan. 

 

Caritas Harmony would be pleased to support any charity.  All you have to do is provide the audience!  If you are interested, please contact our concert organiser, Annamaria at Caritas.Harmony@gmail.co.uk