To raise awareness for National Hospice Month in May and to support all the work that The Greater Trail Hospice Society and its volunteers do for individuals and families in the local area, classical music enthusiasts are set to enjoy a fundraising concert in downtown Trail with accomplished local musician Carolyn Cameron. 

The session for Bach, Mozart and Mussorgsky Aficionados will take place on Sunday, May 15 at 2 pm – 3:15 pm at the United Church in Downtown Trail. Donations to The Greater Trail Hospice Society are welcomed, but not compulsory. 

“This concert is part of our 35th anniversary celebrations and will really help us raise awareness of our work in what is an important month for Hospices across the region. We’re hoping that lots of people will come and join us for a great afternoon of music, have fun and find out more about us and what we do,” says board chair Brenda Hooper. 

The Absolute vs Program Music playlist will feature Bach Partita No.1 and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Carolyn will be supported by local anesthetist Hendrik Mendes on the piano when she picks up her bow to play Mozart’s Violin Sonata No. 4. 

Drawing clear parallels with a supporter’s touchpoints with Hospice, it’s fitting that the program comprises a composition that tells a story, in addition to the Bach and Mozart pieces being written after losing a loved one. The same is true with Hospice – everyone will have their own story, perspective and journey but a positive outcome can be achieved, even when end of life is involved. 

“Who wouldn’t want to shine a light on all the great work of the hospice! Those volunteers have halos around them and every fundraising concert I’ve played for them has been great – a really positive experience for everyone involved,” says Carolyn who is no stranger to the concert scene. She is shortly to resume her Chamber of Music Group which tours the Kootenays twice a year and plans to be back to the concert halls with La Cafamore this year after a two year pandemic initiated hiatus. “Hospice is extremely important to me – a fantastic group of people that you don’t realize you’ll need, until you actually really, really need them. Hospice enabled my dad to die at home and anything I can do to raise awareness, encourage others to offer their support or volunteer is a wonderful thing,” she adds. 

Admission is by donation and masks are strongly encouraged but optional. Any queries, please email: info@trailhospice.org or contact Jen on 236-968-6642. 

During the Hospice awareness month of May, The Greater Trail Hospice Society is hoping that local businesses will adopt them as their annual charity, local people will find out more, hold fundraising events for the not for profit or volunteer their time to help them focus on a variety of free services aimed at the living, friendship and befriending services. 

Trail City Hall is primed to support The Greater Trail Hospice Society by shining its logo’s blue and green hues across Trail and across the water from the Trail bridge lights on May 7. This will coincide with the day that the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association is inviting Canadians to light their candlelight, porch light, or spotlight in honour of the light of their lives

The Greater Trail Hospice Society