A screenshot of the Canterbury Christ Church Gospel Choir during their online performance

22 July 2020

Christ Church Gospel Choir raise money for Canterbury Food Bank

With coronavirus putting a ban on large gatherings, concerts and choir practice, groups were forced to take a break, but Canterbury Christ Church Gospel Choir came together to continue singing online.  

The choir members, consisting of current students, staff and Christ Church alumni, practised during lockdown and recently performed Melodies from Heaven, originally by Kirk Franklin, to raise funds for a local charity Canterbury Foodbank.

Demand at the Canterbury Foodbank quadrupled during lockdown. In March the charity distributed 2,200 meals in one week – four times its weekly average. The charity provides food parcels to Canterbury, Whitstable, Herne Bay and surrounding villages

Vince Peilow, Management Accountant at Christ Church and lead of the gospel choir, said: “The Covid-19 virus has affected us all in so many ways, there’s been losses of jobs, money, of opportunities, of the ability to see our friends and families, to go to church, and most sadly the loss of lives.

“For us, it meant that we had to finish our year when lockdown started in March and that we couldn't sing together for a little while, put on our annual Summer Concert or say farewell to our members that graduate this year.

“Outside of this pandemic, it is our duty to each other to look after each other, in our community, in our schools, whether we know people or not.

“Canterbury Food Bank are just one of those many people on the frontline fulfilling that duty year in and year out and that's why we have chosen them as our charity. Our family, your family, one family!”

You can donate to the charity by visiting their website.  


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