A Strange Kind of Year - festive collaboration


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£1,000 target

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Started on 20th December 2020 Woking, England, United Kingdom

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A Strange Kind Of Year - Hannah And The Hollylujah Chorus posted an update on 23rd December 2020

We hit our target - but please don't stop giving! THANK YOU!

Joe Wright and I are blown away by the response to ‘A Strange Kind of Year’. We’ve loved reading all your messages and hearing what the song means to you. 

We’re delighted to say that, across the Facebook campaign and this CrowdFunder campaign, we hit our £1,000 target in less than 24 hours. The total currently stands at £1,140 and this doesn’t include all the Gift Aid. You are amazing, thank you!

Among many other wonderful things this would cover the costs of 228 week’s worth of glitter for Challenger's activities. But please don’t stop giving if you can afford to. We thought £1,000 was an ambitious target but let’s see how far we can take this.

Lots of love and THANK YOU!

A Strange Kind of Year

Words, Music and Video by Hannah Turner

Sound Production by Joe Wright

Music performed by Hannah and The Hollylujah Chorus

Maybe this is Surrey and Berkshire's answer to Band Aid? 

About 50 musicians from the independent music network  have come together to bring some musical joy in these difficult times (another 50 appearing in the video).

Several weeks ago Guildford based singer/songwriter Hannah Turner had the idea of writing a Christmas song as a thank you to the people who have kept local music making going on line during Covid, and to bring local musicians together in performing it.

Joe Wright of Hillside Studio agreed to produce the music (and play several of the instrumental tracks), and from that moment the project took on a life of its own. Hannah and Joe found their feet did not touch the ground!

Many local musicians contributed passages to the recording – with everyone recording their contribution from home, and adding their own harmonies and countermelodies.

At the heart of the song is a serious situation – everyone in isolation and unable to make the music that they love. But it aims to bring humour, joy and a sense of a big musical party to everyone involved.

No-one involved in the song has been paid for their work, and it is hoped that people who enjoy the music will make a contribution to Disability Challengers, a Guildford-based children's charity. 

Challengers is an independent children’s charity that provides fun, safe and inclusive play and leisure activities for over 1000 disabled children and young people across Surrey, Hampshire and the surrounding areas, many of whom are excluded from mainstream leisure settings and otherwise have very little opportunity to access play. 

Your support will help Challengers continue providing a lifeline service to disabled young people and their families in 2021. Those involved in making this song hope to raise at least £1000. Thank you to all of them!


Claire Thacker
15th January 2021 at 11:03am

Well done Hannah and all those that collaborated on this xx

Claire Thacker
15th January 2021 at 11:02am

pledged £20 + an est. £5.00 in Gift Aid

Ruth Miles
10th January 2021 at 11:51am

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Lynda Gray
31st December 2020 at 5:45pm

Great Charity - wish you all the best.

31st December 2020 at 5:44pm

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Elizabeth Ruth Harrison
26th December 2020 at 8:09pm

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25th December 2020 at 6:17pm

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Jane Williams
25th December 2020 at 6:16pm

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Anne Bolton
24th December 2020 at 9:59pm

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24th December 2020 at 7:48pm

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24th December 2020 at 2:14pm

pledged £100 + an est. £25.00 in Gift Aid

A Strange Kind of Year - Hannah and the Hollylujah Chorus
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