New choir calls on women linked to fishing industry to join

Jane Dolby, founder of Fishwives choir, and senior superintendent Tim jenkins from The Fishermen's Mission
Jane Dolby, founder of Fishwives choir, and senior superintendent Tim jenkins from The Fishermen's Mission
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A NEW choir of sole sisters is drawing its members from women connected with the fishing industry.

Fishwives, hopes to follow in the footsteps of the Military Wives, whose charity single made it to the top of the UK charts, and is appealing for new members from fishing communities across the UK, including of course Hastings.

The woman behind it is Jane Dolby from Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, whose fisherman husband died three years ago in a freak storm off the Essex coast.

She is determined to raise as much money as possible for the charity that helped her during this time, The Fishermen’s Mission.

She said: “My husband’s body was lost at sea for almost a year and during this time, our family was supported spiritually, emotionally, financially and practically by The Fishermen’s Mission a charity which cares for fishermen and their families in times of hardship.

She is calling on aunts, mothers, daughters, wives, sisters and even grandmothers of fishermen to get involved in the project.

The plan is to record and release a single, and have all the proceeds go to The Fishermen’s Mission.

Distance will be no obstacle to those who wish to take part, as the majority of the recordings will be done individually at local studios and then combined centrally.

Tim Jenkins, senior superintendent at The Fishermen’s Mission said: “The Fishermen’s Mission is the only national charity to support fishermen and their families and we receive no government funding and entirely rely on the generosity of the general public to support us financially through one off donations, legacy income and regular giving. “If the military wives can produce a great album, then why not the fishermen’s wives?”

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