A BRISTOL Street Motors retailer in Chingford has given £1,000 to a community choir.
Ilford Inter-Generational Community Choir encourages people in the area – one of London’s most diverse communities – and its neighbouring boroughs to work together in mutually beneficial activities to promote greater understanding and respect between generations and cultures.
It was chosen to receive the funding after the project applied to the Social Responsibility Awards – a community initiative backed by Vertu Motors, which operates Bristol Street Motors.
The donation, presented by Chingford Vauxhall, will help support the project, which will provide participatory singing, learning and music activities, engaging all sections of the community and providing an opportunity for people of all ages to learn together and from each other through music.
Choir director the Rev Benham Nelson said: ‘This donation will enable us to conduct a series of workshops with a cross-section of members of our communities who wouldn’t necessarily have an opportunity to meet and get to know each other.
‘Inter-generational activities help to build the foundations of an inclusive, tolerant and cohesive society.
‘We thank Bristol Street Motors Chingford Vauxhall for the kind donation, which will help to make a real difference in the lives of people living in Ilford.’
Dealership general manager Nick Locke said: ‘The Ilford Inter-Generational Community Choir is a valuable asset in the local community. It provides a tangible improvement to community well-being.
‘We are delighted to support the initiative and hope it continues to offer residents an opportunity to be part of something special and feel part of the whole community.’
Pictured are the choir with Chingford Vauxhall general manager Nick Locke, the Rev Benham Nelson, choirmaster Peter Francis and minister’s wife Helen Nelson