Diocesan press releases

Charities benefit to the tune of £1,000 each after 24-hour hymnathon

A  presentation service was held at All Saints’ Church, Oystermouth, on Sunday when three local charities received cheques for £1,000 from the proceeds raised at the Choir Hymnathon held at the end of March.

The hymnathon was the idea of Director of Music Luke Spencer and the aim was to raise at least £4,000 through sponsorship. The event began at 10am on Saturday,  March 30 and ended with the Choral Eucharist the following day.

It’s thought that around 700 hymns were sung over the 24 hours and the day was divided into different sections, celebrating the seasons of the Church year, with a Lifeboat hour and a Jam and Jerusalem slot.

Canon Keith Evans, vicar of All Saints, said: “Over a dozen choristers stayed through the night.  The lowest number we were, at any one time, was 16 singers and the largest number was around 60. The choristers were kept going with copious amounts of tea, coffee and cake; a midnight feast of cawlcheese and bread; and a breakfast of bacon baps washed down with cups of very strong coffee.

“In the end, the event was a resounding success, bringing in many villagers, some after stop tap. It raised £1,000 each for Tŷ Olwen, the Night Shelter, Mumbles RNLI and the All Saints’ Organ Appeal.

The photograph shows representatives at the presentation service. From left to right are Canon Robert Jones [Hon Assistant Priest], Tim Conway (Mumbles RNLI), Hywel Evans (Assistant Director of Music), Canon Keith Evans, Luke Spencer, April Beynon (Swansea Hope / All Saints’ Night Shelter), Jordan Spencer (Parish Ordinand), and Helen and Paul Murray [Tŷ Olwen].