Local choir raises the roof, and money for charity! McCarthy & Stone development in Wokingham supports Sing Your Heart Out

30 November 2017

Local community choir, Singhealthy, joined homeowners and staff at McCarthy and Stone’s Queen’s Gate development in Wokingham to raise the roof for Royal Voluntary Service. 

The Sing Your Heart Out event at the Retirement Living development on Wellington Road was one of a series of musical performances which are taking place up and down the country to raise funds for the older people’s charity. 

In 1977, the award-winning housebuilder opened its very first retirement development, paving the way for the creation of an entirely new sector of the property market.  To honour this important milestone, McCarthy and Stone has partnered with Royal Voluntary Service on a series of fundraising initiatives throughout 2017, with the aim of raising over £130,000 in support of projects across the South East, and the rest of the country. 

Eleanor Bird, Concierge at Queen’s Gate, said: “Our Sing Your Heart Out event was a huge success; the choir was in fine voice and it was great to hear everyone joining in with a fantastic repertoire of festive favourites.  It really was an uplifting morning, and it was wonderful to be able to show our support for Royal Voluntary Service in this way. 

“We have had a superb year of fundraising so far as part of our anniversary celebrations, and Sing Your Heart Out was another example of this. McCarthy and Stone is dedicated to enhancing our homeowners’ lives in so many different ways, so it made perfect sense to support a charity during our 40th year which shares our values.  It has been very rewarding to watch the fundraising total increase over the last 12 months, and to have played a part in this success.” 

Ann Shaw, Singhealthy Choir Manager, said: “It was a delight for Singhealthy to be invited to join in the fundraising at Queen’s Gate and add our voices to the RVS ‘Sing Your Heart Out’ initiative.  The ethos of all our Singhealthy choirs is very much ‘by the community for the community’ – with the focus as much on sociability as on song.  There is no pressure and no experience required – just a joy of singing and a willingness to ‘give it a go’. 

It was great that so many in the audience were keen to sing along too and we hope that many will come along to see the full combined choirs perform at our main concert at St Crispin’s, Wokingham on 16th December.  Members of both our Wokingham and Bracknell groups thoroughly enjoyed sharing the benefits of communal singing with everyone at Queen’s Gate, as well as showcasing some of our forthcoming Christmas concert repertoire to the residents and guests.” 

Comprising a selection of 32 one and two bedroom Retirement Living apartments, exclusively designed for people aged 60 and over, Queen’s Gate provides everything homeowners could want for a relaxing retirement.  All those who make the development their home can enjoy an active, independent lifestyle, with the opportunity to benefit from companionship when desired and privacy when needed. 

Homeowners can make the most of the beautiful landscaped gardens, knowing all the maintenance is taken care of.  They can also feel secure in the knowledge that the Concierge is on hand to provide any help or support should they need it; and that friends and family can stay over whenever they choose in the development’s comfortable guest suite. 

Local amenities are a short distance from the development, including banks, a library, and a supermarket. The development also benefits from excellent transport links to surrounding towns and cities, including Reading and Bracknell. 

Prices at Queen’s Gate, which has its last few apartments remaining, start at £399,950 for a two bedroom apartment. For more information about Queen’s Gate please call 0800 201 4743 or click here.

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