Festive Fundraising for Charities
Christmas is a great time of year to reach out to the community, bring people together and raise important funds during the festive season.
Gloucester-based insurer Ecclesiastical will be holding its annual Christmas carol concert at Gloucester Cathedral on Thursday 20 December from 7:00pm.
The annual event, which raises thousands of pounds for local charities each year, will feature performances from The Vocality Youth Choir, Upton St Leonard’s School Choir and Ecclesiastical’s own staff choir as well as The Salvation Army Band.
Tickets cost just £4.00 and all proceeds and donations received on the night will be shared between four local charities, Caring for Communities and People, The Gloucester Civic Trust, St Rose’s Trust and The Salvation Army Gloucester.
Last year Ecclesiastical donated £7,000 after tripling the funds raised through ticket sales and donations with The Nelson Trust, The Gloucester Civic Trust St Rose’s and Gloucester Young Carers each receiving £1,700.
The Nelson Trust, St Rose’s and Gloucester Young Carers all used the donation to provide extra Christmas activities for some of Gloucester’s most vulnerable people including Christmas gifts, festive lunches and Christmas parties. The donation to the Gloucester Civic Trust was used throughout 2018 to fund guided tours of Gloucester, which celebrate the unique heritage of our beautiful city.
Commenting on the annual concert, Ecclesiastical’s group chief executive, Mark Hews, said: “As one of Gloucestershire’s largest private employers, it is important for us to lead by example, and show that a commercial business can be both successful and part of a movement for good. Owned by a charity, we love to give back to communities all year round not just at Christmas. In fact, we are already more than half way to our giving target of donating £100 million to good causes by 2020.
“Our annual Christmas carol concert is a wonderful family event that gives us the opportunity to raise money for charities that provide vital support for people in our county. We are very grateful to Gloucester Cathedral for allowing us to host this event - the funds raised will make a real difference to our local community.”