The Rame Peninsula Men’s Choir have raised a staggering £17,000 for the oncology department at Derriford Hospital.
During their popular concerts, the choir have raised money for the ‘Derriford Oncology Equipment Appeal’, which they chose as their fundraising project of the year.
Among many of their charitable endeavours, the choir chose to raise money for the Molecular Oncology Department, which is a cause close to their heart. Mesothelioma, a type of cancer often caused by inhaling asbestos dust, has claimed the lives of five choir members in recent years.
The money raised by the choir will be used to set up a new technology in the laboratories where genes can be sequenced to aid diagnosis and treatment plans for patients. Choir Chairman, Clive Brinkman and Vice Chairman, Graham Hoare, visited Plymouth Hospitals Charity recently to learn more about how their money will be used to help the Molecular Pathology group’s work.
Principal Clinical Scientist at University Hospitals Plymouth, Dr Joanna Farrugia, said: “This donation by the Rame male voice choir has been utterly amazing. They are a really great choir. Our laboratory service can now develop a new set of tests that could make a huge difference to patients with cancer.”
In June, the Rame Peninsula Men’s Choir became the first men’s choir in Britain to be awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVs) for their services to charitable causes. The award is the UK’s highest accolade for voluntary groups, and is considered the equivalent of an MBE. The group were also part of a 70-strong choir at the Royal Cornwall Show earlier this year, where they met and performed in front of Prince Charles during the Prince’s Countryside Parade.
“We are proud to receive this honour and humbles by the remarkable generosity of the people of East Cornwall,” said Clive. “In the best traditions of ‘one and all’, our own community has helped us raise nearly £17,000 in less than a year. That money is being used to fund state-of-the-art cancer diagnostic equipment at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, and without the people of Rame we would never have been nominated for the Queen’s Award by the local public.”
The Choir celebrated their award win last weekend, with a performance at St James’s Church in Torpoint, where Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall, Colonel Edward Bolitho, presented the award.
During the presentation evening, the choir presented Dr David Hilton, Laboratory Director at University Hospitals Plymouth, with a cheque for £5,500, with an additional £570 collected on the evening.