MORE than £7,000 was raised at a concert organised to help the earthquake-hit people of Haiti.
More than 800 people attended the event at Chester Cathedral on Sunday evening, when the appeal was made by Granada and ITN news presenter Lucy Meacock.
Lucy also introduced the audience to the Rev Marcus Torchon, who hails from Haiti and who is now a minister from the Wirral Methodist Circuit.
He explained how he finally discovered his family in Haiti was safe and described the suffering of his friends and other people on the island. He hopes to return to Haiti in the near future.
Taking part were Karamba Samba, A Handbag of Harmonies, The City of Chester Male Voice Choir, Farndon and District Brass Band, Chester Ladies’ Choir, cathedral organist Philip Rushforth, Kelsborrow Choir and The City of Chester Band.
Each group presented its own musical programme before combining as a 200-strong choir with the two bands for the finale to sing Abide With Me, You'll Never Walk Alone and The World in Union. The evening was presented by Nick Fry.
The event raised £6835.70 and with gift aid this total will rise to £7808.84, with every penny going to the Disasters Emergency Committee Haiti Earthquake Appeal.