A YEAR of celebration and song has raised £4,000 for charity.

Neyland Ladies Choir's 40th anniversary celebrations saw them sing to crowds of fewer than 50 to more than 200, at venues across the county.

Their calendar of events culminated in a Christmas concert at Bethesda Baptist Chapel in December, which clocked up £800 for Paul Sartori, bringing the total raised for local causes to more than £4,000.

The choir entertained with some of their favourite songs from the last 40 years, some much-loved Christmas carols and a variety of well-known Christmas songs - with the audience being invited to sing along.

Compere was the wonderful Brian Jobson, and the ladies were joined by a group from Milford Haven Town Band, plus guitars and drums.

Ex-member Glesni Edwards sang O Holy Night with the choir and then sang Once in Royal David’s City as a solo.

Choir President, mayor of Neyland Simon Hancock, opened the concert and read a poem during the evening.

The choir started the year by aiming to sing to as many people as possible and to help raise as much money for charity as they could during their anniversary year.

They have sung in Haverfordwest, Saundersfoot, Tenby, Walwyn’s Castle, Milford Haven and Neyland to mention a few.

They shared the stage with other choirs including Les Voix de Losa from Neyland’s twin town of Sanguinet in France, and local male voice choirs.

Neyland Ladies decided to donate the latest proceeds to Paul Sartori Hospice at Home because of the wonderful work it does in providing free specialised, supportive care and advice for those in the later stages of any life-limiting illness.

If the choir can help you to raise money for your charity, or for information regarding the choir, contact Jan on 07910 910144, Janice on 01646 698721, or visit neylandladieschoir.weebly.com