Two members of our choir were invited to join in a celebration event on 5th August hosted by the Nottinghamshire Blood Bikes Charity. This took place in the Spotlight Bar on the 4th floor of the at the Nottingham Motorpoint Arena and was held to celebrate a saving to the National Health Service of a million pounds by the Nottinghamshire Blood Bike Charity; a fantastic achievement. Our contribution was a concert with the Joseph Whitaker and Redhill Academy Jazz band held on 23rd July 2022 at St. John’s Church Mansfield where we raised £1,050. Ian Grice (Musical Director) and John Wakeland (Chairman at the time of our concert) attended as our representatives.
At the event, also attended by the Nottingham Lord Mayor Cllr. Carole McCulloch, all guests were provided with a drink, a buffet and a free prize draw ticket. For a gentle start to proceedings, background music accompanied a selection of images and videos showing the history of Blood Bikes since they were formed around 10 years ago. A showcase of their latest motorbikes and cars were parked on Bolero Square and a photographer was on hand to capture individual images of folks sitting on the bikes. A group photograph was taken to celebrate the event. Further entertainment was provided by a magician and as the night moved on a DJ provided music for dancing and celebration.
Ian and John enjoyed the event and proudly represented our choir as successful fund raisers; since January 2022 we have been involved in concerts which have raised approximately £12,000 for charities.