Havering’s NHS hospital trust celebrates release of new charity single with special event at Queen’s Hospital

PUBLISHED: 15:30 17 April 2018

BHURT's Sound of Pride choir performing 'Proud' at Queen's Hospital on April 16. Photo: BHRUT

BHURT's Sound of Pride choir performing 'Proud' at Queen's Hospital on April 16. Photo: BHRUT


Talented staff at Havering’s NHS hospital trust who have released a charity single to raise money for charity want to know, “what have you done today, to make you feel proud?”

The Sound of PRIDE Choir is made up of staff from both Queen’s and King George Hospitals, run by Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust (BHRUT).

Singers, including nurses, secretaries and pharmacists, released their song – a cover of Proud by Heather Small, which was the anthem to the 2012 London Olympics – on Monday (16 April), to mark World Voice Day, a worldwide event devoted to celebrating the voice and its importance in our daily lives.

To celebrate the release of their single, members of the choir gave a special performance at Queen’s Hospital in Rom Valley Way, Romford, where copies were available to buy on CD.

The Sound of PRIDE Choir was formed two years ago by colleagues Michael Dixie, chief pharmacy technician, and Alix Holmes, Macmillan cancer information officer.

Michael said: “We chose this song because we feel it really represents us, and it’s particularly special as it’s the 70th anniversary year of the NHS.

“We’re hoping to raise as much as we can for our hospitals’ charity which will use it to fund projects to make our hospitals better for our patients, visitors and staff.”

Alix added: “Forming the choir has really brought staff together who wouldn’t usually work together and we’ve become friends, which is really nice.

“We enjoyed recording the song and we’re pleased it will help to raise money for such a great cause.”

Choir members practice every Thursday evening and often during lunch breaks.

Members have even had the opportunity to perform at a range of local events including the Romford Christmas light switch on and the Brewery Fringe Festival, Romford’s first fringe festival.

Proud can be downloaded online including via iTunes, GooglePlay, Amazon and Spotify.

All funds raised will go to the King George and Queen’s Hospitals Charity, which works to improve both hospitals for patients by meeting additional needs not funded by the NHS.


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