Carol service at Wells Cathedral on December 11 in aid of NSPCC

December 02 2021
Carol service at Wells Cathedral on December 11 in aid of NSPCC

FUNDRAISERS in Somerset are encouraging people to join them as Wells Cathedral opens its doors for the free carol service in aid of the NSPCC.

The Sing for Somerset service in the Cathedral, which has been taking place for 30 years, is on Saturday, December 11, with doors opening at 6.15pm ahead of a 7pm start.

Mid-Somerset Choir, who are led by Martin Lovell, will join Somerset Voices and their choirmaster Laurence Blyth alongside organist Matthew Redman on the event’s order of service.

The service of six lessons and carols is free to attend and will last for 70 minutes. Seating at the event will be socially distanced and masks will be required.

Organisers have also requested that attendees consider taking a lateral flow test ahead of the event.

Organiser Moira Smyth says this is a great chance to support the work of the NSPCC in the area.

“The Covid pandemic has seriously disrupted lives and changed our sense of community,” she said. 

“I feel it is important that the NSPCC stands up and is seen to be here for the children that need us.

“The carol service also gives the community an opportunity to celebrate Christmas with us whilst raising much-needed funds.

“We hope the event brings the community together and reminds everyone that the NSPCC is here for children.

“The service will be a wonderful celebration of music, with joyous singing from the choir, the congregation and fabulous playing from the orchestra.

“Wells Cathedral gives a beautiful spiritual space to the service which also allows time for reflection.”

The NSPCC says that community events are crucial to help make sure it is able to provide vital services such as Childline as more than 90 per cent of its funding comes from voluntary donations.

Community Fundraising Manager for Devon, Cornwall and Somerset, Alison Armer said: “Christmas can be a difficult time for some children, so it is important that children and young people know there is support out there for them.

“This will be a wonderful event that will raise funds to ensure the NSPCC can reach as many children as possible.”

For further information on fundraising for the NSPCC, contact Alison.Armer@NSPCC.org.uk.