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Staff at Cornwall Care’s St Breock residential home in Wadebridge will be taking to the town’s main street and singing in memory of eight-year-old Ethan Cass, from Pendeen, who has tragically died from a brain tumour.

Originally the pop-up choir was conceived as a way of fundraising towards trips that Ethan and his family could enjoy in his final months. Now, his mother Kim has asked that money raised is donated instead to Little Harbour, the children’s hospice in St Austell.

“Kim and I worked together at Trengrouse home in Helston,” said Julie McNaughton, Cornwall Care’s peripatetic manager at St Breock, who is coordinating the event. “Ethan was diagnosed this summer and we all wanted to do whatever we could to help. It’s so unbelievably sad that he’s no longer with us – he was such a lovely boy. 

“Kim knew what we were planning and has asked for us to go ahead. She said that Little Harbour had been brilliant and that she’d love us to make a donation to Children’s Hospice South West instead.”

Julie and her colleagues from St Breock will be joined by staff from other Cornwall Care homes, plus members of the local choral choir. Tim Parr will provide musical accompaniment and carols and other festive songs are planned.

The pop-up choir performance will take place at The Platt in Wadebridge from 6pm on Tuesday 17 December. Money raised will be divided equally between Children’s Hospice South West and Cornwall Care’s residents’ amenities fund.