The Arborfield community is a vibrant one, with many events being held like the recent family fun day for residents, neighbours, friends and family to enjoy. On Monday 26 June, the community came together to enjoy an event of a different kind, in support of the British Red Cross We Love Manchester Emergency Fund – to raise funds for victims of the Manchester attacks in May 2017.
The concert held by the Arborfield Military Wives Choir raised £711 for the fund, with Jack Shepard from the Ed Sheeran Experience wowing the crowd with some of the artist’s most popular songs. Choirs from Windsor, South London and Halton also joined the Arborfield Military Wives to perform a medley of classics, with Arborfield Green community mobiliser Becky Eytle a member of the choir too.
Andrew New, director at Preim, explained: “Along with Crest Nicholson, Preim were delighted to be able to donate funds to help cover the upfront costs of the concert – but the brilliant night was certainly all down to the Military Wives Choir and their heartfelt determination to raise funds for a cause close to many of them.”
The event welcomed over 120 people, including the Deputy Mayor of Wokingham, Cllr John Kaiser, and his wife.
Isobel Bowman, coordinator of the concert, said to the local press: “We couldn’t have done this without help especially Crest Nicholson and Preim who donated funds for all our upfront costs. To all those individuals and companies who helped us on the night, baked some amazing cakes and donated some amazing raffle prizes.
“Personally I have never been prouder to stand with an amazing group of ladies not just Arborfield but from the Military Wives Choirs ladies who joined us from Windsor,South London and Halton.
“We really showed that we are stronger together.”