Concert in memory of Dalesmen stalwart

A grand concert is to be held in memory of a stalwart supporter of the Belper–based Dalesmen Male Voice Choir.

Gordon Bright, a member of the choir from Ambergate, has organised the concert as a fund-raiser for the Treetops Hospice and as a tribute to his late wife, Sylvia, who supported the choir for many years.

Mr Bright and his fellow singers will perform at St Oswald’s Church, Ashbourne, on Saturday, November 17.

Mrs Bright has been described as a “great friend” to the choir and is remembered for mending the choir members coats, managing the office work and generally helping to keep the choir running.

Mrs Bright died inFebruary after an illness.

She was cared for at home during her last days, by nurses working with the Treetops Hospice.Mr Bright has spoken of his immense gratitude for the care and compassion that his wife received from all the staff at Treetops. He said: “I decided to do the concert because of the way that Treetops looked after my wife earlier this year.

”I want to give something back to Treetops because of their wonderful staff and how they care for people in their final days.”

Sonja Cantellow is one of the Treetops nurses who cared for Sylvia in her final days. She said: “I’m extremely passionate that people who wish to die at home can receive the very best of end of life care.”

“Treetops is there for them at a time when it’s vital.It’s a service that we might all need at some point.”

Tickets for the concert, which is at 7.30pm in St Oswald’s Church, Ashbourne on Saturday, November 17, are £7.50.