It was mince pies and music as the Derbyshire Community Male Voice Choir filled DHU Health Care’s new headquarters with their unique sound this Tuesday (December 18).
The Christmas Fair and Choir service, a first in the new building, took place in their headquarters on Pride Park with members of the DCMVC entertaining colleagues and guests. Donations for the event were made to Derby Kid’s Camp, a volunteer-run charity who provide holidays for underprivileged children in Derby City and Derbyshire.
DCMVC baritone Ian Truby-Ware, who is also Head of Clinical Services for South Derbyshire, performed with the choir, whilst other creative DHU members were on hand to run stalls showcasing a variety of crafts and homemade cakes.
Stephen Bateman, CEO for DHU Health Care, began the event by thanking the Choir and the stallholders. He then spoke about the dedicated staff at DHU who will be working hard over the busy Christmas and festive period, saying ‘when most people are at home enjoying Christmas turkey with their family and friends, a majority of our staff will be at work delivering great patient care across the East Midlands and Milton Keynes Area.’
Ian Truby-Ware saw the evening as opportunity to raise some money for a good cause and let the community find out more about the DHU. It was also a chance for his colleagues in the building to hear what he does in his spare time.
He said: “I’ve been with the choir around 4 years. I’d not sung before, but I saw an advert for the Derbyshire Constabulary Male Voice Choir (now known as the Derbyshire Community Male Voice Choir) looking for new people to join and signed up.
We have been raising money for local charities since 1956. This year it’s great to be able to bring our voices to DHU and raise money for Derby Kids Camp.”
Towards the end of the evening guests were treated to a couple of comic solos by John Cumpstone, before guests and colleagues joined the full choir again for a final sing-along.
Kevin Griffiths, DCMVC Chairman, said: “At the request of baritone Ian Truby-Ware, the choir were pleased to support DHU Health Care’s Christmas Fair and Carol Service at their head office at Pride park.
The choir have has had a very busy Christmas but we do it for one reason only – to raise money for charity, so we are always happy to perform when we know it will result in our charity benefitting.”