A charity Carol Service in aid of Transform Housing & Support raised £1,038 in vital funds to support local vulnerable and homeless people.
The service, held on Thursday 10 December, was organised in partnership with St Mary’s Church, Leatherhead and District Chamber of Commerce and Fetcham Park. After the service guests were invited to a drinks reception at the historic Fetcham Park, with refreshments generously provided by Fetcham Park and the Chamber.
The evening featured a welcome message from Elizabeth Kennedy (High Sheriff of Surrey and Transform Vice Chairman) followed by a traditional carol service, led by the Reverend Andrew Smith, Rector of Fetcham. The service included readings from Cllr Margaret Cooksey, Chairman of Mole Valley District Council, Jackie Quinn, President of Leatherhead and District Chamber of Commerce, and Beth, a client of Transform, as well as music from St Mary’s choir and carols.
Elizabeth Kennedy’s welcome message spoke of the importance of our work with vulnerable and homeless people, especially at this time of year:
“I am extremely proud to be associated with Transform both as a Trustee and in my role as High Sheriff because it does some amazing work with clients struggling to cope with their lives. The work that it does is often unseen in the county, but it runs essential services for vulnerable people and offers them a help up to independence.
“Christmas is a time when we should think more about homelessness and isolation. It is one of the most difficult times for those without family and friends.”
Transform Chief Executive Paul Mitchell said:
“We were delighted that over 150 people joined us for this wonderful Carol Service, in such a beautiful setting. We are very grateful to St Mary’s Church, Fetcham Park, the Reverend Andrew Smith and the Leatherhead and District Chamber of Commerce for making this event possible.
“The carol service was a chance to celebrate and to give thanks, while also supporting Transform’s work with those who are homeless or vulnerable in our community. Thank you to everyone who attended and donated this year – your support will help us continue to transform lives this Christmas.”
With thanks to Fetcham Park, St Mary’s Church Fetcham and the Leatherhead and District Chamber of Commerce.