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Amersham Band brings festive cheer to care homes in Buckinghamshire thanks to Christmas crowd funder

| December 20, 2020
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Amersham Band carolling concert at Ambient Support’s The Croft took place thanks to a Christmas crowd funding initiative. (Image supplied on behalf of The Amersham Band)

The acclaimed Amersham Band have performed a traditional carolling concert at four care homes across Buckinghamshire.

The performances were able to take place thanks to a crowd funding initiative and generous donations from the local Bucks community.

Like many brass bands across Buckinghamshire, the Amersham Band rely heavily on donations at Christmas which enable them to bring music to the local community during the festive period and throughout the year.

Due to the Covid pandemic the band hasn’t been able to play since March so for 2020 a new approach was taken through a Christmas crowd funder, offering socially distanced carols with small numbers of band members.

The generosity of the local community has meant that the band can continue to raise much needed funds and get out in the community to spread its usual Christmas cheer.

Caroline Perkins from the Amersham Band said: ‘There’s nothing more traditional than a brass band at Christmas and we’re really excited to be out in the community again, bringing festive joy and cheer to people at this special time of year.

We feel we need to lift spirits more than ever this year so it means so much to us all to be able to play together again. We would like to thank the local community for their support and we are delighted that that the residents of the care homes enjoyed the concerts so much.

On Thursday 17th December, at 3pm, The Amersham Band visited The Croft Care Home in Amersham which is run by national charity Ambient Support. The care home provides care and support to 60 residents including those with a higher level of specific dementia care needs.

The Croft Care Home manager, Louise Foyle-York, said: ‘The entire care team was completely overjoyed that the Amersham Band offered this very special, socially distanced carolling concert.

Our residents always look forward to the yearly visit from the band visit so we are extremely grateful to the local community for its generosity and for the band members giving their time it truly meant the world to the residents.

This year, the pandemic has meant that most, if not all, of the usual Christmas activities and visits from local groups have been cancelled and this made this performance all that more special for the residents.

We requested a few songs including We Wish You A Merry Christmas, Once in Royal David’s City and Deck the Halls we had a good sing-along to the music and it certainly lifted spirits, it was very Christmassy!

The Amersham Band is a registered charity, providing music to the local community and is registered with the Fundraising Regulator. Further information about the Christmas crowd funder can be found at https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/amershambandxmas.

Ambient Support (formerly known as Heritage Care and Community Options) is a registered UK charity with over 25 years experience in providing care and support services for older people, people with a mental health need and people with a learning disability. Further information about Ambient Support can be found on their website at www.ambient.org.uk.

*Source of article : Press release on behalf of The Amersham Band and Ambient Support.

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