'Thankyou Thursday’ continues in Milton Keynes with new virtual choir video featuring local residents

    On Thursday (4/6), Musica Charity Choir MK will release a new virtual choir video featuring local residents saying to thank you to key workers and others in the city.

    Entitled ‘Our Milton Keynes’ and based on showtime number ‘New York New York’, the video was inspired by the selfless support shown by so many towards city residents in need during the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Members of the public were invited to submit their own thank you photos to be used in the video: local heroes featured include Duncan the Postman (01:56), Castlemead Court Care Home (02:22), Sewers for the NHS (02:26) and Dreamsai (02:29); even the Starship Delivery Robots get a mention (01:59).

    Ken Storry, MusicaMK’s Music Director, said: “As well as a time to say thank you, the weekly ‘clap for carers’ has also become a time to step out and check how our neighbours are. Whilst the clap has essentially ended, this Thursday we want to continue paying tribute to everyone who’s been helping others through this pandemic by releasing our thank you video.

    “We were delighted with the response to our call for photos,” he continues, “and, we would like to encourage everyone to watch and share the video on Thursday so that the thank you messages reach their intended recipients.”

    The video also profiles the amazing list of 66 charities and community groups that have so far been grant funded by the Milton Keynes Covid-19 Emergency Response Appeal set up by Milton Keynes Council and Milton Keynes Community Foundation to assist people in crisis.

    Some groups, like Dreamsai, are providing essential supplies. With their grant they’ve supported 500 elderly and vulnerable people in self isolation with hampers of food and other items. Others, like AVMKSAAS, are providing vital information and emotional support. Their grant has allowed them to communicate regularly with the increasing number of people referred to their phone/online support and counselling service for victims of abuse and assault. 

    The video is MusicaMK’s third Virtual Choir performance, with members recording alone at home and then combining voices online. It is also their third collaboration with Milton Keynes Community Foundation (MKCF), helping to publicise and raise funds for the Covid-19 MK Emergency Response Appeal which has so far given out over £390,000 to local community groups in need.

    Ranjit Singh, MKCF Philanthropy Director, added: “MusicaMK’s continued support for the MK Covid-19 Appeal is very much appreciated. The need goes on and the Appeal will remain open for donations through June and July, so that we can continue to support more groups with grants.” 

    The video will be released at 19:45 on Musica Charity Choir's Facebook Page and YouTube channel.

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