Croydon Carers Choir launched their inspirational song ‘Keep Going’ this week to encourage others to keep going through difficult times.

Available on YouTube, ‘Keep Going’ was written and performed by a group of Croydon carers, who dedicate their time to looking after friends or relatives with a long-term illness or disability.

Choir members worked tirelessly on the lyrics and performance for four months, with guidance from Croydon Carers Choir leader and professional singer Katie Rose. The project was funded by a grant from Mike King’s MyCool Music Foundation.

Croydon Carers Choir currently meets twice a month at the Carers Support Centre for members to sing, smile and enjoy a well-deserved break from caring. The choir is part of a range of Croydon Council funded health and wellbeing activities at the Carers Support Centre, including massage, dance, Pilates and Tai Chi.

Elvis, carer and choir member, said: ‘It’s very inspiring, to come here and meet everyone – we are friends for life. And when I’m unable to come here I know that I’m missing something really, really important. Whatever song we’ve got to sing, it’s little bits and pieces all over the place but when everything is finished you get a perfect picture.’

Katie Rose, Choir leader said: ‘It’s such an honour to work with Croydon’s often unsung heroes and heroines and witness them finding and sharing their voices. The song they have created will resonate with many people, including those who care.’

Helen Thompson, Carers Support Centre manager said: ‘Our Croydon Carers Choir has gone from strength to strength over the years, providing carers with much-needed singing respite. It’s incredible to see carers expressing themselves so powerfully through music. I’d like to thank Katie Rose and the singers for all their hard work on this piece.’

Croydon Carers Choir was founded in 2014 by the Carers Support Centre and Creative Croydon. You can learn more about Croydon Carers Choir by visiting the Carers Support Centre website.

MyCool Music Foundation, founded by vocal coach, musical director and choir leader Mike King, aims to make a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities through music.