Choir to hold carol concert for Southend homeless charity HARP

Southend Bach Choir has announced their third annual Christmas Carol Concert in aid of HARP, Southend’s homeless charity.

Taking place on Saturday December 21 from 7:00pm, visitors will enjoy traditional carols in the stunning surroundings of the church.

This year, the concert will be held at St. John the Baptist on Church Road, Southend-on-Sea, for the first time. Local car parks are free from 6:00pm.

Entry is free of charge, and the choir are asking for voluntary donations to be made on the night to HARP, Southend’s homeless charity. Last year, the event raised an amazing £1,682 to help local people taking steps towards overcoming homelessness.

The Bishop of Chelmsford, The Right Revd Stephen Cottrell, will once again be reading at the event.

Chairman of Southend Bach Choir, Ian Alston, said “After running this successful event two years in a row, we are delighted to announce the return of our Christmas carol service. It’s so humbling to know that our passion for singing can help to raise money for such a worthy local cause.”

Stephen Mansfield, HARP’s Fundraising & Communications Manager, said: “We are so grateful to Southend Bach Choir for once again selecting HARP as their chosen charity for their Christmas concert, as well as everyone who attends this special event.

“Having support from the local community means the world to the people who use our services – we couldn’t help so many people without it.”

HARP helps over 1,000 people who are either homeless or at risk of becoming homeless every year in Southend. The charity aims to provide the support and accommodation that are necessary to help local people overcome homelessness for good.

Mick Ferris

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