Concert funds are given away to good causes

The proceeds of the Kathleen Ferrier concert were handed over at Queen St Methodist Church Hall which was the venue for the concert earlier this year. Left to right Maureen Eastwood, Saint Catherines Fundraising Team Leader Carolyn Jackson, Gerda Wright, Mcmillan Fundraising Manager Sally Millington and Pat Parkinson. 121205. Picture by Dave Kettlewell.'20/03/2012
The proceeds of the Kathleen Ferrier concert were handed over at Queen St Methodist Church Hall which was the venue for the concert earlier this year. Left to right Maureen Eastwood, Saint Catherines Fundraising Team Leader Carolyn Jackson, Gerda Wright, Mcmillan Fundraising Manager Sally Millington and Pat Parkinson. 121205. Picture by Dave Kettlewell.'20/03/2012

A CONCERT given by singer Kathleen Ferrier 60 years ago has helped raise more than £4,000 for Saint Catherine’s Hospice, Macmillan Cancer Support and the Kathleen Ferrier Cancer Research Fund.

In January, mezzo soprano Anna Stephany and piano accompanist Simon Lepper reinterpreted and celebrated the original recital given by Kathleen Ferrier and pianist Gerald Moore at Queen Street Methodist Central Hall in 1952.

The money raised was donated to the charities in recognition of Kathleen Ferrier’s death in 1953 from breast cancer.

Carolyn Jackson, fundraising team leader at Saint Catherine’s Hospice, said: “This is an amazing sum and it will be used to provide patient care and so directly benefit patients.

“We are incredibly fortunate to have such a generous community who continue to support us allowing us to care for 1,500 patients and their families each year delivering our specialist care.”

Sally Millington, of Macmillan Cancer Support, added: “This fantastic donation will make a big difference.”