Shoosmiths in clash of the choirs – raising money for Winston’s Wish

Shoosmiths choirWinston’s Wish, the leading childhood bereavement charity in the UK, is eagerly anticipating hearing the melodic tones of the Shoosmiths choir; a group of talented singers from the UK law firm who are partnered with the charity.

On Friday 8th May, the Shoosmiths choir will perform at Southwark Cathedral, competing against five other legal choirs whilst raising funds for Winston’s Wish.

The higher in the competition that Shoosmiths finish, the more money will be raised for Winston’s Wish; enabling the charity to support more bereaved children and their families.

The Shoosmiths choir comprises Sue Prior (Musical Director), Nicky Selby-Short, Liz Hayward, Chris Potts, Steph Tracey, Sarah Poynter, Hannah Davies, Tracey Donnelly, Kath Munby and Naomi Neville.

Susan Prior, Solicitor at Shoosmiths, founded the choir and is also Musical Director. She commented:

“Having rehearsed every Tuesday in our Basingstoke office, Shoosmiths Choir are delighted to be taking part in the Legal Harmony competition and, in particular, to be singing to support Winston’s Wish. We are gearing up to sing some very upbeat numbers and hope that the judges and audience enjoy them. The better we do, the more we raise!”

Shoosmiths is a top 40 national law firm and for the last year has made Winston’s Wish its charity of the year, aiming to raise £60,000.

Shoosmiths hopes to achieve this total having carried out various fundraising activities across their ten offices (Basingstoke, Birmingham, Edinburgh, London, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Northampton, Nottingham, Southampton and Thames Valley).

Kathryn Leverett, Community and Events Fundraising Team Leader, added:

“Everyone at Winston’s Wish would like to wish the Shoosmiths choir the very best of luck on Friday and we can’t wait to hear the results! The staff at Shoosmiths have initiated some fantastic fundraising events and we hope the superb amount of money they raise for Winston’s Wish will go towards funding two new family practitioners for the charity. These practitioners provide therapeutic support to bereaved children, allowing them to face the future with confidence and hope after the death of a loved one”.

Tickets costs £8 and doors open at 6.45 for a 7.30pm start.

Each year, Winston’s Wish supports over 30,000 bereaved children and young people through an array of dedicated services. These in-depth support programmes include support following death as a result of accident, illness, homicide, suicide and also through military service.