1 Dec 2015

Today we are marking the start of Advent with a special Advent Service at Lambeth Palace, London in the presence of our Royal President, Her Royal Highness (HRH) The Duchess of Gloucester GCVO.

Our Advent Service is a wonderful occasion to mark the start of Advent and to thank our major donors, supporters and volunteers for all they have done to support our vital work helping the country’s most vulnerable children and young people this year.

The Duchess is our Royal President and has supported our vital work for more than 30 years. She has seen first-hand how we help the most vulnerable children and young people across the country, most recently visiting our Manchester home, The Zion Centre, in September 2015 to learn more about its work supporting children at risk.

We are honoured that The Revd Cortland Fransella, Lambeth Awards Officer, Lambeth Palace is celebrant at our Service, representing the Archbishop of Canterbury and The Right Revd Rob Wickham, Bishop of Edmonton is preacher at our Service.

MOBO-award winning gospel singer Lurine Cato will be performing in the Advent service. Lurine is very passionate about the serious issues facing vulnerable children and young people and has recently recorded a video for us with young people to support our carol-singing fundraising activities.

The Duchess will meet some young people from our charity who are taking part in the Service and Broughton Boys Choir from St John Baptist Parish Church, Broughton, Lancashire who are performing in the Service. The Choir are part of a parish that raises considerable funds for our charity every year and have undertaken engagements in a number of Cathedrals across the country, including Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s Cathedral.

We are really looking forward to this wonderful occasion celebrating a fantastic year when major donors, supporters and volunteers generously gave their funds, voice or time to The Children’s Society. Our Advent Service coincides with Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving - whether it’s making a donation, volunteering your time or just spreading the word - after the sales of Black Friday and the online shopping boom on Cyber Monday and at the start of the Christmas shopping season, reminding people to give back to worthy causes.

The Duchess has been a member of the Royal Family since 1972 when she married The Duke of Gloucester (then Prince Richard), who is a first cousin of The Queen. As a working Member of the Royal Family, Her Royal Highness carries out many public engagements on behalf of her patronages and organisations and in support of The Queen.

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