ECS raises thousands for the Samaritans
Ealing Choral Society’s carol concert on Saturday 14th December 2013 at St Barnabas Church raised a massive £4300 for the Samaritans!
The 80 strong choir conducted by Jonathan Williams sang traditional as well as less well-known carols to an audience of 350 people.
Journalist and broadcaster John Sergeant, Christopher Wickenden of Haven Funeral Services (sponsor of the concert programme), MP for Ealing North Steve Pound and volunteer Samaritan listeners were among those giving seasonal readings.
The Samaritans, based in Junction Road, are open to visitors as well as phone enquiries. They offer 24-hour non-judgemental support and deal with thousands of calls and many visitors each year. Last year the branch celebrated its 40th anniversary and since 1972 has been served by over 1,600 local volunteers. These volunteers regularly visit Wormwood Scrubs, Feltham Young Offenders Institution and local railway and tube stations to offer support and raise awareness. Every Samaritans branch is self-funded, so money raised from this concert will provide much needed financial support.
Mike Mortimer, Ealing Samaritans Branch Director said, ''We were delighted to be supported by Ealing Choral Society’s Carol Concert this year. It was a wonderful event and the money raised will directly help us. The Ealing Branch is run entirely by its 120 volunteers, but paying for phone bills, and for the up-keep of our premises in South Ealing requires funding."
Shane Beadle, Chairman of Ealing Choral Society added, “It was a fabulous evening and our thanks go to the many people who came along to support this very worthwhile cause. The choir is delighted to help a local charity each year in this way and we hope that the carols and readings got everyone in the Christmas mood!”
The evening was rounded off with mince pies and refreshments, donated by Waitrose and Cooperative food in Ealing.