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PRESS RELEASE: Local choir promotes wellbeing through the joy of singing

Choir selects Dorset Mind as their chosen charity

  • Local choir, ‘Relight My Choir’ raised over £1,400 for Dorset Mind with their Christmas concert last week at Poole High School
  • More than 8 in ten (83%) people have experienced early signs of poor mental health including feeling anxious, stressed, having low mood or trouble sleeping in the last 12 months (Public Health England 2019).
  • The choir will sing at further locations including Flirt café Bournemouth and Poole Quay throughout December.
  • Local business, 1st Waste Management generously covered the costs of the Poole High School event in order to allow all funds raised to go directly to supporting Dorset Mind.

Dorset Mind are hugely grateful to the choir, not simply for raising vital funds to support their work, but also in raising awareness around mental health and helping to raise the profile of the charity. The choir is a great example of how singing can be a brilliant tool to support wellbeing through creativity, self-expression and being part of a community. By tackling the stigma around mental health at musical events, the choir will be able to help the charity reach new audiences and ensure that the charity’s mission reaches more people in Dorset who might need mental health support.

“It is a double pleasure to be part of this fantastic choir and to represent Dorset Mind. There is no doubt that singing can really help boost our mental health. Many of us in Relight My Choir have our own mental health story and have found signing and being part of such a supportive group so uplifting. For me, it is even more pleasing that we have nominated Dorset Mind as our chosen charity. The funds we raised at the Christmas concert was fantastic. It will really help provide more support for mental health across Dorset.” Dr Andrew Mayers, Patron for Dorset Mind, Choir Member and Principal Academic at Bournemouth University 

“I started Relight My Choir to give grown-ups a safe place they can go once a week to be amongst friends, forget about everyday struggles, laugh, and improve their mental health. The benefits of singing – especially group singing – in relation to mental health are plentiful. I also really wanted the choir to form part of a larger community in the local area and for us to share joy and kindness by helping others outside the group, which is why I decided to put on the Christmas concert. Dorset Mind is a perfect charity for us to link up with, and many of us have experienced mental health problems ourselves, so it means a lot to us to have raised such a great amount of money which we know will do so much good for others in Dorset.” Gem Rose, founder of Relight My Choir 


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