Above - The Synergy Choir from Tipperary have joined health care staff across the country to record a single to raise funds for Pieta House. From left, Judith Fennelly, Olivia Lynch, Kathleen Hennessy, Dr. Chioma Ene, Breda Murphy, Therese Weekes and Annabelle Fleming.
Staff members of hospital and community care choirs across the country have come together to record a Christmas single to raise funds for Pieta House.
The project was launched by the Human Resources division of the HSE last May, with the support of the INMO (Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation) and Beaumont Hospital in Dublin.
The 200 staff who make up the Health Voices Choir include seven staff members from Tipperary representing Mental Health and Children and Family Services.
They are Judith Fennelly, Olivia Lynch, Kathleen Hennessy, Dr. Chioma Ene, Breda Murphy, Therese Weekes and Annabelle Fleming.
The first practice took place on October 1st, followed by two further practices, all in Dublin, which resulted in the recording of two songs - ‘Carol of the Bells’ and ‘He Ain't Heavy, He’s My Brother’ - at Tallaght Hospital on November 6th.
The recordings are available on iTunes and CDs are available at the shop in the South Tipperary General Hospital in Clonmel. All proceeds from the sales of the tracks will go directly to Pieta House, which provides a 24-hour free, therapeutic intervention to anyone in suicidal distress and anyone bereaved by suicide.
The seven Tipp singers are members of the local Synergy Choir, who meet every Wednesday from 12.30 to 1.30 in St Luke's Hospital under the guidance of Maria Fennessy of MF Music, Clonmel.
The choir includes hospital, community care and Tusla staff working across Tipperary.
The women have described their experience of being in a choir as "wonderfully uplifting" and are hoping that more staff will join this initiative next year.
Right now the Health Voices Choir are busy promoting their efforts in a bid to be Ireland’s Christmas number one, and they are wished every success.