Bread of Heaven: choir raises £1,100 for homeless charity

The Croydon Male Voice Choir has presented a cheque for £1,100 to Croydon Crisis, the charity for the homeless.

Croydon Male Voice Choir’s Kim Ormond presents the £1,100 cheque to Rosie Birch from Crisis

CMVC raised the funds for the charity while singing at the Whitgift Centre during the Christmas period.

CMVC chair Kim Ormond said that the choir was delighted to make the presentation to “this fantastic charity”.

“I feel so sorry that we should need a charity to do this kind of work – but I hope our contribution will make a difference,” Ormond said.

Crisis’s Rosie Birch accepted the cheque at the choir’s rehearsal at the Sandilands sports and social club, Addiscombe, last week. “We are really grateful for this brilliant support from the Croydon Male Voice Choir, who have done a wonderful job in raising £1,100 for Crisis. We could not do this vital work without such fantastic supporters,” she said.

The charity’s Croydon base is in Surrey Street. Over Christmas, the charity helped 244 “guests”, aged from 18 to 75. They were offered a range of assistance, including hot meals, showers, new or clean clothes and somewhere to sleep, together with advice on topics such as housing, employment and health.

The Croydon Male Voice Choir entertained Christmas shoppers, and raised money for the Crisis homelessness charity, at the Whitgift Centre

In what has become an annual event, the choir sang at the Whitgift Centre on two Sundays before Christmas, delighting shoppers – and attracting their donations – with selections from its current repertoire, including numbers from stage musicals, folk songs and hymns, and of course, there was a plentiful selection of carols.

You can find out more about the Surrey Street Crisis centre at

The Croydon Male Voice Choir’s next concert is on Saturday March 16 at St Mildred’s Church, Bingham Road, Addiscombe. It starts at 7.30pm and tickets (available on the door) cost £10.

Further information about the choir, its performances and how to join, are on its website.

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