Eight months ago Gareth Malone gathered a group of Military Wives and Girlfriends for the BBC series The Choir. The Military Wives Choir has gone from strength to strength starting with a group of women from a Marine base in Chivenor and expanding to the wives and girlfriends of Military personnel based here in Plymouth. All of the partners of these women are fighting for our country, be it Afghanistan, on a Ship, a Submarine or even home based, they are all here to protect us. This also means leaving their wives and children for long periods of time. Singing has inspired the wives and has kept them smiling whilst their Husbands are away.
Being a Military wife myself, with friends actually in the Military Wives Choir I have seen just how being a part of the Choir has changed lives. My friends husband is away and for weeks she was extremely down. Every time I saw her I could tell how much she missed him and although I can sympathise because I have been a wife left at home, I can’t really comfort her whilst my Husband is at home. She joined the Choir in the Summer (begged me to but I actually laughed in her face – who’s laughing now hey?!) and every week has just become happier and has a constant smile on her face.
The Military Wives Choir has become extremely well known, performing at Armed Forces Day in Plymouth, Sandhurst, the Remembrance Service at the Royal Albert Hall and most recently at Downing Street and on ITV’s This Morning. They have recorded a single which is due out on Monday 19th December 2011 in the hope of reaching Christmas number one.
This single is raising money for The Royal British Legion and SSAFA Forces Help (Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association). Please help these charities that work tirelessly with the families of the armed forces by buying this single and play your part in making it a Christmas number one.
You can show your support at the following Military Wives Choir pages
The Military Wives Choir Facebook
The Military Wives Choir Twitter
You can preorder the single by following one of these links.