Welwyn Hatfield sings up a storm

21 December 2009

Carol singers

Carol singers from Welwyn Hatfield got into the festive spirit last night and raised a fantastic £240 to help Shelter’s work with homeless and badly housed families in Hertfordshire this Christmas.

The congregation were joined by members of the public in St Mary’s churchyard to sing some well loved festive favourites, accompanied by David Miller from Shelter on his guitar.

The evening’s music ranged from the traditional Silent Night and O Little Town of Bethlehem to a rousing Hark the Herald Angels Sing. After the concert there was a collection for the housing charity to help their vital work over the festive period.

Shelter Herefordshire helps people with a huge range of housing problems, from mortgage arrears to problems with their landlords. Shelter’s advisers let people know what their rights are and explain their housing options.

Shelter also offers specialist help with debt problems and welfare benefits, so people can access specialist help with a range of problems.

The money raised last night will go to Shelter’s hardship fund for those who find themselves homeless and without money for food or fares to get to a hostel.

Shelter service manager Martin Earl said: 'We’d like to thank everyone who came along and contributed to such a fun, festive carol concert last night, and particularly for the very generous donations to Shelter.

'Every penny will go towards making Christmas a happier, more secure time for people and families with housing problems in Hertfordshire.'