Festive fundraising concert raises over £700 for homeless project

13 December 2010

A fundraising concert held in Haslemere on Sunday 12 December has raised more than £700 for a Waverley homeless project.

The concert was held at Our Lady of Lourdes Church and was organised by Haslemere resident Bernadette Klepacz. The event was in aid of Surrey Community Development Trust, a local charity that provides housing and support in the Waverley area. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the charity’s homeless project in Farnham.

The audience enjoyed a selection of festive music, including 18-year-old Susannah Walsh on the flute and 15-year-old Richard Culwick on the trumpet, both accompanied by Alan Drake on the piano. Jan and Anna Sroden, aged ten and eight, performed a duet of Silent Night on the piano. Peter Commins played the guitar and harmonica and Robert Pettigrew played the organ.

Concert organiser Bernadette Klepacz said:

“I decided to arrange the concert after several pricks of my conscience. I tried to help a young homeless man a few years ago and his situation has haunted me ever since. Then last month I gave a lift to a hitchhiker who had been homeless. I had received an appeal to help homeless people in London but both these encounters made me realise that there is a need much closer to home. I am extremely grateful to everyone who agreed to participate in the event and all those who supported me.”

Founded in 1972, Surrey Community Development Trust has supported 15,000 people over the past 38 years and now helps over 1,000 people each year across Surrey and beyond. You can support the charity’s Christmas campaign at http://www.justgiving.com/scdt-christmas

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