Around 50 people joined together today for our Carolling Carols event outside of the Church of Our Most Holy Redeemer in London's Exmouth Market. The festive Christmas carolling event raised nearly £300 for our annual carol-singing appeal.
Singers wore festive Santa hats and purple sashes from the charity and sang hymns such as Joy to the World and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.
Funds raised during this year’s carol-singing appeal support vulnerable young people. (Learn how you can organise your own carol-singing event.)
Although the carollers had not previously sung together, Father Milo Brandon of Holy Redeemer was so impressed he asked how long the choir had practiced. He also believed that the event will help get the word out about the cause. ‘I really enjoyed it and it is good publicity for the charity. It shows great commitment,’ he said.
Loretta Jones, Regional Fundraising Coordinator for The Children’s Society, commented on how grateful she was to the supporters and singers. ‘There was a great, jolly atmosphere, so thanks to everyone who came out to sing even though it was freezing!’ she said.
The choir was accompanied by an orchestra made up of Barnaby Adams and Dan Shilladay, both on violas, Gemma Wareham on cello, Kate Wareham on flute, and Jody Sapsard on clarinet.
Host your own carolling event
If you missed the event, it’s not too late to get involved by organising your own carolling event and raising money for young people this holiday season.
To get involved contact our Supporter Care team via email or on 0300 303 7000 to find out more.
In addition to the Carols who attended today's event, two celebrity Carols supported the day's efforts.
Carol McGiffin said: 'As a Carol myself, I can't think of a better way to launch The Children's Society's Christmas carol appeal than with a group of people called Carol, singing Christmas carols.'
Carol Smillie said: 'The plight of runaway children always seems particularly heartbreaking at this time of year when so many of us will enjoy celebrations with our family and friends. So please spare these youngsters a thought and raise your voice in song this Christmas. This is one Carol who’s certainly supporting carols for a great cause.'
Please enjoy these photographs from our Carolling Carols event.