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Men's Voices United sing for SANE
Added: 10th Dec 2018

Our first Star Fundraisers of the festive period are Men’s Voices United. The pop-up choir was formed by Welwyn Garden City Male Voice Choir just six months ago and has already raised nearly £8,000 for three mental health charities, including £1,235 for SANE.

Back in the summer, most of the men who went along to Men’s Voices United’s first rehearsal had never sung in a choir before. But they had to be ready for a performance in just 10 weeks on World Mental Health Day, 10th October. However, the male choir quickly became a confident and rousing group of singers, and their concert was a huge success.

Many of the men said that they felt the project had rekindled a long-lost love of singing, a passion that MVU member Nick said he didn’t intend to lose again. Another of MVU’s members Mike spoke with enthusiasm about performing with others whilst raising money for SANE: "Singing with others is such a rewarding and enjoyable experience, with the added bonus, in this case, of raising money for some really important mental health charities."

On Thursday, 29th November, members of the choir met up to present the huge total to the charities. Jo Christophi, head of fundraising and marketing, was keen to express SANE’s gratitude for the immense fundraising effort of the choir: "Fundraising by volunteers is absolutely vital to the continued ability of SANE to provide services to provide help both for people with mental health problems and their carers."

And the choir isn’t planning for this to be their first and last concert, with Martyn Voyle, chair of the Welwyn Garden City choir, saying that "several members of MVU have accepted [their] open invitation to continue their singing career with Welwyn Garden City Male Voice Choir." To catch the next MVU concert, check out their website here.

We wish them all good luck for their future performances and thank them for their wonderful fundraising efforts!

If you have been inspired by MVU's story and would like to fundraise for better mental health, we'd love to hear from you! From fun run to marathon, quiz to karaoke, there's an idea to suit everyone. Email fundraising@sane.org.uk or call 0203 805 1790.

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