The return of Launchpad carols!

Launchpad were delighted to see nearly 700 people join us on December 8 for our 13th annual Christmas celebration – when this year we partnered with Reading UK and Abbey Quarter BID to present Twilight Trail & Carols at the Abbey!

Thanks to the kindness of people in Reading, the event raised over £20,000 including ticket sales, sponsorship, bucket collections, text to donate and generous donations from supporters who couldn’t join us.

Families and friends wandered through the magical light trail in Forbury Gardens before making their way to the Abbey Ruins for a stunning carol performance by BBC’s Gospel Choir of the Year 2019 winners, Reading Community Gospel Choir. The carols were hosted by Launchpad’s patron, Danyl Johnson and the choir entertained the crowd with an uplifting and touching performance of carols and feel-good songs.

Warm drinks were also provided by Phil Carter from Anonymous Coffee, who runs a regular programme at Launchpad 135, the work and life skills centre, teaching our clients to become baristas.

Check out the full the gallery of photos from the event on our Facebook album.

Su Hamblyn, CEO of Launchpad, said:

“Our Christmas event is always a highlight of our year. This year we thought we would try something different and give everyone the opportunity to be able to come together safely outside – especially as we couldn’t do so in 2020.

“It was magical to look across the ruins and a sea of smiling faces enjoying the lovely music in such beautiful surroundings – all there to support Launchpad and help those in need in Reading. It’s a testament to the kindness and compassion of the local community that we have raised such a fantastic amount of money which really will give the gift of a better Christmas to people who are homeless or at risk of losing their home.

“I’d like to thank every single person involved – from Reading UK and Abbey Quarter BID, the choir and Danyl, to our staff and volunteers who worked so hard on the night, and everyone who kindly bought a ticket.”

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