Pasque becomes Caritas

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Pasque Harmony, formed to raise funds for Keech Hospice Care, has had a change of name and direction.

It is now known as Caritas Harmony – Luton Ladies Voices – and will be selecting a different charity to support every year.

Its chosen charity for 2014 is Macmillan Cancer Support and the choir’s first concert for them will take place at St Augustine’s Church in Luton on Saturday, April 5.

Announcing the changes, chairwoman Tracey Andrews said the choir had performed exclusively for Keech for the past 10 years, raising more than £100,000 in the process.

She added: “We’d like to broaden our charitable support to reflect the desires of our members.

“It wasn’t an easy decision to make and it took several months.

“Now we’d like to move forward and improve.”

Caritas – which means charity in Latin – currently has about 50 members. The choir’s slogan is ‘charity, friendship and compassion’ and it’s very much Luton-based.

Keech chief excutive Mike Keel said: “We really appreciate all the support the ladies have given us over the last 11 years and the phenomenal money they have raised. It’s a real shame they’ve decided to focus their fundraising on another charity but we’re still very much behind them and wish them all the best.”