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The Fishwives Choir was created by Jane Dolby following the tragic loss of her fisherman husband Colin (age 47) at sea in 2008.
Colin went to work on the morning of November 10th as usual. The sea was flat calm with no bad weather forecast.
However, a few hours later, a freak storm sprang up, his trawler sank and Colin drowned.
The family's lives were changed forever.
Colin’s body was lost at sea for almost a year and during this time, his widow Jane was unable to prove her husband was dead as without a body, a death certificate cannot be issued. This meant she was unable to plan his funeral, claim bereavement benefit, stop her husband’s banking direct debits or even cancel his mobile phone contract as the authorities and financial organisations would only discuss Colin's accounts, with Colin.
Colin died when his youngest child was just 3 years old. It was one week before his daughters 8th birthday and 6 weeks before Christmas. With no money coming in and 4 children to support but no way to claim benefits, the whole family were helped by not only family and the local community but by a remarkable charity called The Fishermen's Mission and in particular, a wonderfully kind, wise and compassionate man called Tim Jenkins who worked for the charity.
For the weeks, months and even years following Colin’s death, The Fishermen’s Mission has supported Colin's family practically and emotionally just as they do hundreds of other fishing families suffering hardship, despair and tragedy.
Jane always promised Tim Jenkins that when she was back on her feet, she would do something to repay their kindness and as her background was music, true to her word, she set about creating a choir with the aim of releasing a 'one off' single to fundraise for The Fishermen's Mission to enable them to continue supporting other fishing families facing hardship or bereavement.
Using the social networking sites, Facebook and Twitter, Jane set about spreading the word of the choir and was soon in touch with women all over the United Kingdon who were related to fishermen, working in the commercial fishing industry or from fishing families. Many had lost husbands, brothers, fathers and sons to the sea and all were keen to participate in the making of the single. Every woman involved understood the danger of the sea and everyone had their own reasons for being involved and wanting to help.
So, in the last week of April 2013, 38 of the ladies from all over England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales to spend 4 days together, learning, rehearsing and recording the song. It was a wonderful, emotional at times but overall positive, life affirming experience and many new friendships were born.
On behalf of all the women who took part in this unique project, thank you for your support. If you sign up for our newsletter, we can let you know when our single is out.
Colin Dolby 1961 - 2008 Always loved, always remembered, always missed. Taken too soon.