Our staff choir has released its own version of the song Proud, by Heather Small, which became the anthem of the 2012 London Olympics, to raise money for the King George and Queen’s Hospitals Charity.
The Sound of PRIDE Choir (pictured) is made up of staff from both our hospitals. Singers, including a range of colleagues such as nurses, secretaries and pharmacists, released their song on Monday (16 April), to mark World Voice Day, a worldwide event devoted to celebrating the voice and its importance in our daily lives.
Members of the choir gave a special performance at Queen’s Hospital, where copies of the CD were on sale. The song can also be downloaded online including via iTunes, GooglePlay, Amazon and Spotify. All funds raised will go to our charity, which works to improve our hospitals for our patients by meeting additional needs not funded by the NHS.
The Sound of PRIDE Choir was formed two years ago by colleagues Michael Dixie, Chief Pharmacy Technician, and Alix Holmes, Macmillan Cancer Information Officer.
Michael said: “We chose this song because we feel it really represents us, and it’s particularly special as it’s the 70th anniversary year of the NHS.
“We’re hoping to raise as much as we can for our hospitals’ charity which will use it to fund projects to make our hospitals better for our patients, visitors and staff.”
Alix added: “Forming the choir has really brought staff together who wouldn’t usually work together and we’ve become friends, which is really nice.
“We enjoyed recording the song and we’re pleased it will help to raise money for such a great cause.”
Choir members practice every Thursday evening and often during lunch breaks. Members have had the opportunity to perform at lots of local events including the Romford Christmas Light Switch On and the Brewery, Romford’s first fringe festival.