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    Weʼve raised £2,000 to Help set up The John Kernaghan Bursary fund to support members of Rainbow Chorus, Brighton & Hove's only non-audition LGBT+ Choir

    Brighton, United Kingdom
    Funded on Thursday, 30th November 2017

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    John Kernaghan was a kind, considerate and caring Gentleman. As a member of Rainbow Chorus, he loved singing with us and both he and Laurie have helped the Chorus and individual members with so many different acts of kindness and support in the years they have been connected to it. John passed away on Friday 11th August and we will all miss him so much. He lived life to the full, not letting illness define him and made a positive contribution to any situation.

    It is a proven medical fact that singing is good for our mental and physical health. Rainbow Chorus wants to encourage all members of the LGBT+ community to join us and benefit from the positive effects of singing if they want to do so. We have a bursary fund which helps to support those in greater financial need to be fully involved in all our activities, including trips to sing at choral events worldwide that help to further the aims of the LGBT+ community and LGBT+ choirs. Many of us have joined the Chorus at a really low ebb and been well supported by the Rainbow Chorus family to get through our difficulties. A significant proportion of our members are on fixed or low incomes and pay reduced or nil subscriptions. It is one of our guiding principles that cost should never be a barrier to any member joining us, remaining a member, or participating fully in all our activities. We have many demands on our limited resources and John recognised this in life, with regular, personal donations to the Bursary fund.

    We all feel John's absence so keenly and want to honour his and Laurie's wish to collect funds to grow our Bursary scheme. We are therefore setting up this Just Giving page in John's memory and rebranding our bursary scheme to call it the John Kernaghan Bursary fund. We hope that you will want to donate to this fund. Please give as generously as you can. Any amount you can donate will be used wisely and will help us to support more members as well as ensuring John's connection with Rainbow Chorus is never forgotten. Thank you in advance for your help.



    • Ed Borgars1 year ago
      Ed Borgars

      Ed Borgars

      1 year ago

      This page has reached a milestone of £2000. With all donations included, the John Kernaghan Bursary Fund has a balance in excess of £5000. On behalf of everyone at Rainbow Chorus, I want to say thank you to you all. It is truly testament to the high regard in which John was held, that we have managed to raise so much in his name. Donations are still being received, so I wanted to let everyone know this Just Giving page will close on 30th November, giving time for any further donations to be made. Thanks again for your love and support. Ed x

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    • Ed Borgars1 year ago
      Ed Borgars

      Ed Borgars

      1 year ago

      Donations to date in memory of John have reached £2505. I feel sure he would be delighted with this. This fund will continue to support many Chorus members in his name for years to come. The Just Giving page will remain open for some time yet to allow anyone who may want to donate to do so. Thank you so much for your support in memory of John.

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    • Ed Borgars1 year ago
      Ed Borgars

      Ed Borgars

      1 year ago

      Together with donations made on Sunday at the celebration for John's Life, this fund is now up to £1800. This is a fantastic achievement and tribute to John. The JustGiving page will remain open for some time yet, to allow all those who want to donate in memory of John, time to do so. Thank you so much for your kind generosity so far.

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    • Viv Woodcock-Downey

      Viv Woodcock-Downey

      Nov 11, 2017

      For Love of John


    • Joelle Leader

      Joelle Leader

      Oct 9, 2017

      Such a lovely gentle and funny man- we miss him at choir so much joelle xx


    • Richard Stephenson

      Richard Stephenson

      Sep 23, 2017

      With fond memories of John who introduced us to the Rainbow Chorus and who sang at our wedding in St Mary's Church in September 2011.


    • Bev Morgan

      Bev Morgan

      Sep 22, 2017

      John was a lovely and very special man who will be hugely missed x

    • Penelope Lloyd

      Penelope Lloyd

      Sep 22, 2017

      For dear John , in your memory


    • Pat Arditi

      Pat Arditi

      Sep 21, 2017

      In loving memory of John Kernaghan a very dear friend.


    • Simonne Gnessen

      Simonne Gnessen

      Sep 13, 2017

      My love and condolences to all for such a sad loss of a very dear and special soul. I love that the bursary, which was always John's initiative, is now in John's name and will form part of his legacy.


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    Ed Borgars

    Ed Borgars

    Brighton, United Kingdom

    I am a member of the Bass section of Rainbow Chorus as was John. We are all devastated by losing John, none more so than his husband Laurie. I have set up this page to help Laurie realise his and John's wish to collect funds for our bursary scheme in memory of John.

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