SSE Airtricity and the High Hopes Choir raise more than the roof for charity

This Christmas, SSE Airtricity is proudly donating €100,000 to Focus Ireland, the Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) and Penny Dinners Cork to support frontline services and facilities helping to end the cycle of homelessness.

The donation adds to the proceeds raised by SSE Airtricity’s workplace choir, the SSE Airs, and the High Hopes Choir, Ireland’s first choir comprised entirely of people affected by homelessness, at a special Christmas concert earlier this month.

The two choirs performed festive choral favourites to a packed audience at St Andrew’s Church in Dublin on Friday 11 December, raising €5,000 for the three charities. This €100,000 donation from SSE Airtricity will top-up the funds raised by both choirs on the night. 

SSE Airs organiser, Avril Hannin, said: “We’re thrilled to continue our work with the High Hopes Choir and it’s great that the company is firmly behind what we’re doing. It’s fantastic to be able to use something we enjoy to help others. When we sing with the High Hopes Choir, it always feels like there’s a little bit of magic going on.

“SSE Airtricity is donating €100,000 this Christmas to add to the proceeds already raised by the choirs. This funding will go towards essential frontline services and facilities supporting those across Ireland who are homeless or at risk of losing their homes.”

Commenting on the donation from SSE Airtricity, Catriona Twomey, Coordinator for the High Hopes Choir in Cork and Manager of Penny Dinners Cork, said: “I'm absolutely speechless! You’re having a laugh with me. I can’t wait to tell the guys in the choir. It has transformed a lot of lives here in such a short space of time. We absolutely loved performing with the SSE Airs. We had the best night, and for so many people, this has just been the best Christmas present.”

Mary O'Donovan, Fundraising and Marketing Director at Focus Ireland, commented: “We are so delighted with this support for the High Hopes Choir from SSE Airtricity. The choir have worked so hard this year and it is wonderful that their success means that we can continue our vital work and services all over Ireland, especially at this time of year.”

Geoff Meagher, National President of the Society of St Vincent de Paul, said: “The Society of St Vincent de Paul is very pleased to be associated with the High Hopes Choir. It is a tremendous and beneficial project for all those participating and the funds it is raising for the charities involved is a welcome bonus. It is a demonstration of the spirit and commitment of people who are homeless to rise above their physical situation.”