Ashleigh Clarke

On the 24th of November at 2pm, on a wet and windy afternoon; many of the staff, students and graduates from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) teamed up together in order to perform a free concert for commuters at Victoria Train Station in Manchester in order to raise money for a local homeless charity situated in Blackburn.

The Free Project CIC Charity provides food, clothing, toiletries, bedding and other essential household items for people who are either homeless or living in temporary or transient shelters.

The concert was performed by UCLan’s award winning Chamber Choir, a Choir that has appeared on the likes of BBC One, BBC Four, and BBC Radio 3. They were also joined by six other performers from UCLan’s Screenwriting course to provide a special one off show that included music and drama.

Musicians such as Danny Helm, Bill McCoid, Danny Poyser and Graham Windle also performed with the Choir alongside Ian Hornby who performed his self-penned monologue, Mo Sowoli also provided his take on the Tennessee Williams’ play ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’.

Emma Hammond – Free Project Volunteer co-coordinator said,

“The Free Project CIC is delighted to be receiving support and recognition as part of this UCLan event. We are and entirely volunteer run organisation, working to offer support to individuals who are in transient accommodation in Blackburn”.

She also goes on to say that,

“The funds raised as a result of this amazing collaboration with further enable the project to provide a safe space for guests to visit and receive essential clothing and toiletries as well as attend regular social events held at The HUB”.

Bill McCoid, Organiser and Screenwriting lecturer stated that it was really exciting being able to take their work out and perform it to a wide and varied audience and hopefully raise a decent amount of money in the long run.

To learn more about the Free Project CIC you can visit their website or check their Twitter page!

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