Small voice of the month – Lily McGuire

Picture of Lily copyright: Michael Gillen

Regular listeners will know that our ‘small voice of the month’ feature is a way of celebrating organisations or individuals who have a small small voice but that make a big difference. What is great just now is that there’s so much of it about! In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic there has been an outpouring of help for vulnerable people and a realisation that charities have been missing vital income from fundraising events, from coffee mornings to marathon runs. Twelve-year-old Lily McGuire had both these situations in mind when she set up a fundraising page for her local hospice and picked up the microphone outside her front door to sing to her street. Lily’s small voice story represents the thousands of ordinary people who have turned a global crisis into an opportunity for good.

smallVOICE’s roving reporter Margaret tracked Lily down – which was very easy in this case as she was local! You can listen to Margaret’s feature and her interview with Lily at around 38’15 in to June’s podcast.

More information can be found at https://www.strathcarronhospice.net/fundraisers/lilys-street-songs-for-strathcarron. Margaret recorded the interview at the end of May, just after the final Clap for Carers.

And … as mentioned in the podcast, an extra small voice!

John Miller is raising money for Murambinda Hospital in Zimbabwe with which he’s had a strong connection for many years. As well as all the usual challenges there, they now face the coronavirus pandemic. They have none of the equipment required: they have asked for £88,100 for infection control and staff PPE for 6 months. If you’d like to donate to help save lives at Murambinda, you can do so using the ‘Donate’ button on fmh.org.uk – the website of Friends of Murambinda Hospital (UK registered charity 1073978). If you’re a UK tax payer you can also download a Gift Aid form there to make the money go further. To donate by cash or cheque please email mary.miller15@btinternet.com for further details.

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