While Covid restrictions severely impaired their fundraising activities the Yorkshire Wolds Community Choir (YWCC) have managed to raise £500 - even in lockdown. The cheque was proudly presented to Richard Ellett from Beverley Men in Sheds by Choir Director Fiona Bone last Thursday 7th October 2021..
Beverley Men in Sheds, based at Oldroyd’s Corner, at the Woodmansey Garden Centre plan to use the donation to improve their workspace. Currently they are upcycling roof timbers from the Beverly Minster into artisan garden furniture which is available to purchase from the Minster Shop. Richard added “We make things for ourselves, for our Sheds, and for our communities. We get involved in community activities and support local groups in many ways and it is great that the choir chose to support us in return!’
‘Demand is high for our upcycled roof timbers - every piece has its own certificate of provenance, and we are working flat out.’ Richard continued. ‘Thanks to the Yorkshire Wolds Community Choir we can now improve our own workshop, to boost woodworking production. ‘
Covid has certainly taken its toll on mental health, and community projects such as Beverley Men in Sheds (Men’s Sheds) and the Yorkshire Wolds Community Choir aim to reinforce the positive benefits of health and wellbeing, by building stronger community ties.
“We know that singing helps to improve our health on so many levels - from boosting mood to combatting stress. The Choir’s been busy filling our ‘events’ calendar and we’ve got such a great team spirit here that it is really inspirational.’ said Fiona.
The YWCC are following Covid safety guidelines as they continue to sing and fundraise for local charities.
“I can’t tell you how happy we are to be back,’ said Fiona. ‘we’re keen to welcome as many new faces as possible. Who knows? We may even get some Beverley Men in Sheds to sing with us!