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December 2020

Join the Hummingbird’s virtual choir and help record a special song

A cancer support centre is determined its annual event to remember loved ones will still go ahead – although in a slightly different format.

Every year at Christmas families from Bicester and the surrounding area gather at the Hummingbird Centre, in Launton, for a special Light the Light service to remember their loved ones.

However, the global coronavirus pandemic has meant face-to-face meetings at The Hummingbird Centre cannot take place, and the Light the Light celebration had to be adapted.

Usually, messages to, or about loved ones, were written on hearts and hung on a Christmas tree and importantly visitors were able to chat to each other and remember their family and friends who had passed away.

But the Hummingbird team were not to be beaten. Instead they decided to launch the Light the Light virtual choir and they want to get everyone singing from the same song-sheet.

They are urging families to sign-up and help record Ben E. King’s classic song Stand By Me to remember their loved ones.

Organiser Sarah Wright, a volunteer at the centre who is leading the team putting the project together said: “This year coronavirus has dominated our lives. But as we started thinking about Christmas, we didn’t want it to pass without being marked as we usually would.

“We wanted to do something very special, which would adhere to government restrictions to keep everyone safe, and so the idea of a virtual choir was born.

“We would love as many people as possible who have a connection to the Hummingbird Centre to get involved with this exciting project. We are asking people to take a video of themselves or their household singing along to the Stand By Me backing track that we’ll send out. We’ll then edit the videos all together and release it on our social media channels in time for Christmas.”

To get involved people should contact the Hummingbird Centre to be sent a backing track of the famous tune for them to record themselves singing along. Anyone feeling a little shy about singing can mime the words, dance or hold up a sign or a short message on a paper heart. The closing date for submissions is November 30.

The Hummingbird Centre offers people with cancer and their families support, counselling, friendship, advice and a host of therapies and pampering. At the moment services are being carried out by phone, email and online.

For more information or to take part contact The Hummingbird Centre on 01869 244244 or via email or on social media platforms Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

Article written by Sam McGregor