Choir raises over £2,500 for Somerset Prostate Support Association

By Laura Linham

14th May 2024 | Local News

Concert organiser Roger White on right presenting cheque to Peter Hopwood, Chairman of SPSA and to the left Brue Boys Chairman John Longman flanked by members of the Brue Boys Choir (Submitted)
Concert organiser Roger White on right presenting cheque to Peter Hopwood, Chairman of SPSA and to the left Brue Boys Chairman John Longman flanked by members of the Brue Boys Choir (Submitted)

The Brue Boys, a choir based in Baltonsborough, recently hosted a charity concert at Keinton Mandeville Village Hall, raising a significant £2,500 for the Somerset Prostate Support Association (SPSA).

Sponsored by Burns the Bread and Glastonbury Ales, with additional support from the Glastonbury and Street Lions Club, the event was a resounding success.

The concert featured an eclectic mix of musical performances ranging from show tunes and sea shanties to pieces by Irving Berlin, alongside bagpipes and folk music from the choir's resident folk band.

Founded over 15 years ago by Jennifer Westcott, The Brue Boys have grown significantly in membership, attracting singers from as far south as Yeovil to as far north as Wells. Known for their friendliness and love of singing, the choir regularly performs across the region to support various charities and good causes.

The SPSA, established in 2003, has become an essential resource for men diagnosed with prostate cancer and their families across Somerset. Run entirely by volunteers, many of whom have personal experiences with prostate cancer, the SPSA provides crucial support and organises Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) testing events.

"We are hugely grateful to the Brue Boys for their efforts and generous donation," said a spokesperson for SPSA. "The funds raised will help us continue to offer PSA testing, with the next event scheduled for Sunday 6th October 2024 at Glastonbury Town Hall." Thanks to additional sponsorship and a private donation, this event will allow for 200 advance bookings for tests.

     

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