St Christopher’s Hospice held a special concert, ‘Giving Voice’ to celebrate Compassionate Neighbours in South East London. It was hosted by one of their project partners, Christ Church, Gypsy Hill and featured local musicians, singers and writers from South East London. Everyone who performed had some link with Compassionate Neighbours or St Christopher’s Hospice. This included Judy and Anna telling their story (read their story here), compassionate neighbours reading some of their own poetry, a community member (an award winning poet) having her poetry read, performances from St Christopher’s Community Choir (including some compassionate neighbours), London Mozart Players, Croydon Citadel Band, Crystal Palace Welcome Choir, Vauxhall Voices, Sydenham Singers, Croydon Carers Choir, Faithworks Gospel Choir, local poet Joe Duggan and singer songwriter, Katie Rose.
110 local people attended helping raise awareness of Compassionate Neighbours in South East London as well as giving testimony to stories of local people affected by death, dying and loss. One audience member said “What an absolutely amazing evening. I cam away on a real high. A true expression of compassion, love, faith, testimony and incredible power that music has to heal and bring people together. If only the whole world could be Compassionate Neighbours.”