New Charities To Be Supported By St Michael & All Angels

First fundraising event will be Bach and jazz concert featuring Sandy Burnett

Sandy Burnett
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St Michael & All Angels Church, which raises thousands of pounds for charities each year, has announced it will support two new charities in 2022. Swinfen Telemedicine will be its overseas charity for the next three years and DABAL (Deaf and Blind Aid Lanka) will be supported in its Lent Appeal.

Swinfen Telemedicine facilitates access to specialist medical expertise for doctors and nurses working in remote rural areas of the Global South. DABAL funds three schools for the deaf and blind in Sri Lanka

The church supports three charities each year, in partnerships lasting three years. Alongside Swinfen Telemedicine, it will continue to support The Upper Room and West London Welcome in 2022. The church’s annual fundraising events include the Bedford Park Festival, Green Days weekend and St Michael’s Advent Calendar and Christmas Appeal. See more on the Charities page of its website.

The church’s first 2022 fundraising event will be a concert led by the musician and broadcaster Sandy Burnett on Saturday 26 February, with the West London Bach Singers and the jazz trio, Tenor Madness. In ‘Bach Motets, Jazz Variations’, three 18th Century motets by Johann Sebastian Bach and Johann Christoph Bach are sung alongside contemporary instrumental reflections by the three improvising musicians of Tenor Madness - David Gordon (chamber organ and piano), Tom Hooper (drums) and Sandy Burnett (bass).

Swinfen Telemedicine in action
Swinfen Telemedicine in action

The concert is sponsored by local building firm, Bown Design & Build, which supported the church’s ‘Love Music’ charity concerts for four years. Tickets cost £15 and are on sale via TicketSource.

Andrew Mitchell, who chairs the charities group at St Michael & All Angels, said, “We look forward to engaging with as many of the St Michael’s community as possible in supporting Swinfen and DABAL through our fundraising events. And we wish our previous overseas charity, WaterHarvest, every success after a very fruitful three-year partnership.”

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January 22, 2022

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