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We are a charitable organisation and it is a tradition that the Bournemouth G&S Society supports the community of which it is a part, by giving generous donations to local charities every year.

This year we are focusing our charitable efforts in support of Macmillan Caring Locally, which is the cancer trust at Christchurch hospital.  For many years funds raised from our December carol singing have gone to the trust, but this year we thought we would combine this with all the profits from our June Gala Concert.

In 2012, we were also able to give money to 2 wonderful charities.

Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy

Poole Hospital has a special unit to help children from one to five years, who find difficulty communicating. The music therapy which Nordoff Robbins offers, helps     
Christmas Carols for Macmillan

Another annual event is the tradition of giving a donation of all the money raised from singing carols to The Macmillan Cancer Trust at Christchurch, which now has a new name - Macmillan Caring Locally.
It has been the chosen Christmas Charity since the pre-Yuletide concerts were started several decades ago.  Following another successful and happy season of carol singing at the end of last year, we were able to donate over £4600.

The money is always given directly to the Macmillan Unit for them to buy whatever is most urgently needed by the Unit and the        
picture shows our organiser Jean Hancock handing the cheque to Neal Williams, the Trust Secretary, accompanied by 2 of the Macmillan nurses.  Over the years we have been able to give the Unit over £60,000.
little ones with autism, trauma, physical disability and emotional problems to engage and relate to others. Using instruments and helping children to respond with voice and body, a skilled therapist can change the life of an isolated and disturbed child.

Fundraiser Dr Andrew Foot tells of parents who are overjoyed to discover that their child does have a voice and loving emotions, all family members benefiting from the music therapy.
Dr Foot, who can be contacted on e-mail , was delighted to receive the donation from the Chairman Neil Winkley, promising that it would be put to good use.

Information about this worthwhile charity can be found on:

New Forest and District Sailability

New Forest and District Sailability, based at Spinnaker Lake, Ringwood offers relaxation and fresh air for people of all ages and disabilities.  Using single-handed and dual control dinghies, there are opportunities to learn to sail, enjoy being a passenger and even take part in races, in a beautiful and safe environment.

Volunteers provide a warm welcome - and cuppa - as well as helping the disabled sailors by operating hoists and skippering dinghies, the sociable atmosphere being enjoyed by all. Sailabilty provides a precious service by putting disabled people on an even keel with able bodied sailors, because on the water everyone is equal.

Chairman Eric Blyth, who received the cheque from our Chairman, would be pleased to hear of disabled people who wish to sail and from new volunteers; he can be contacted on .

Details of all aspects of the charity which gives such liberation are available on:

The Dorset ME Support Group

The Dorset ME Support Group are a registered Charity providing practical support to their members with CFS/ME, and their families and carers.  Currently, membership is over 600, spread across Dorset, including Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

Their website is:
Acting Chairman of Dorset ME Support Group Tim Stirgess was delighted to attend a music rehearsal of The Yeomen of the Guard recently, to receive a cheque for £500. Donated by the Society following the production of Iolanthe last year, the money will be a great help to the small        
charity which supports local sufferers of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) which is usually known as ME.

Our donation could also  help provide training for benefit advisers.

Member of Bournemouth G&S Donna Christie suffers from ME and knows well the frustrations and limitations it brings; it was her husband Andrew who nominated the charity. They were pleased to attend the cheque presentation and would encourage sufferers and carers to seek support within the Dorset ME Group.


At last year's AGM, there was a single charity that received the Society’s vote for a donation which was The Dorset ME Support Group.