Carol concert raises bumper funds for Hope and Homes for Children

Written by Sue Round on .

A packed chapel at the Hope and Homes for Children carol concertA packed chapel at the Hope and Homes for Children carol concertThe annual candle lit carol concert, held this year in Marlborough College Chapel on 16 December raised over £4000 for the Wiltshire based charity ‘Hope and Homes for Children”.

Alison Netherclift, organiser  and member of the Vale of Pewsey Support Group, told  “Numbers attending the carol concert were the largest there have ever been.  We enjoyed the music from the choirs and soloists and it was a pleasure to join in the traditional carols with support from the Great Bedwyn Millennium Choir.  Professional Soprano, Luana Godwin had come straight to the chapel from Heathrow after performing in Vienna! Each year the standard of performances becomes higher and higher and for many people the concert is the true start of Christmas.”

“We are grateful to our sponsors : Haine and Smith Opticians, Kim Vine, David Dudley Jewellers and Rick Stein who make the event possible.

The charity Hope and Homes for Children finds alternative, high quality family based care for vulnerable children, who otherwise would be in orphanages.  Their work is now recognized as best practice by UNICEF and the World Health Organisation.

The charity develops family support services and establishes robust fostering and adoption networks.  And it has a local connection.

Colonel Mark and Caroline Cook, who lived in West Stowell, near Marlborough founded the charity after their experience of Bjelave orphanage, in Bosnia.  The charity now works with children in Africa and Eastern Europe.