An annual event to raise money for local charities, led by the CCRA singing group but open to all. Every year near the beginning of December we go round the streets in the CCRA area singing Christmas carols and making a collection for charity. In recent years, we have done this over two evenings. The charities we collect for are chosen by the CCRA Singing Group and are always local charities. We are grateful to local residents who have been consistently generous with their donations.
Christmas 2019: Carol Singers raise £630 for charity
Congratulations to our carol singers, who traversed the CCRA area on two consecutive Mondays, December 9th & 16th, and raised £630 which will be divided between the Greenwich Food Bank and the Greenwich Winter Night Shelter. We are grateful to our neighbours for their great generosity in donating to these worthy causes.
Money raised since 2012
Singing in the snow
2012 – Blind Independence Greenwich (£357)
2013 – Greenwich Young Carers (£271)
2014 – Greenwich Foodbank (£240)
2015 – Dementia Carers Greenwich, Greenwich Foodbank (£280 each)
2016 – Charlton Toy Library, Greenwich Foodbank (£285 each)
2017 – Greenwich Food Bank (£570)
2018 – Greenwich Food Bank, Greenwich Winter Night Shelter (£335 each)*
2019 – Greenwich Food Bank, Greenwich Winter Night Shelter (£315 each)
* this total was boosted by a kind donation from CCRA resident Sarah Hornsey and her team who won the White Swan Christmas Quiz and donated their £60 prize to our fund. The members of the team were: Sarah Hornsey, Cathy Boorer, Zoe Jestico, Pippa Koszerek, David Gayther, Malcolm Clack, Gavin Hadland, Ilona Hadland.
Some letters of appreciation:
Greenwich Foodbank (2018)
I want to thank you and your fellow residents for the generous contribution you have made towards the cost of Greenwich Foodbank. It is great to know that your organisation is supporting us. It is very reassuring that we are able to act as agents of the community to help our neighbours when they fall into difficulty, especially as none of us are immune from the challenges that life sometimes throws at us. Last year we were able to provide food support to more than 7500 people in Greenwich. To this we collected and distributed over 70 tonnes of food. Your support will help us to maintain this service this year, so we are thankful to you all. Thank you.
Charlton Toy Library (2016)
Thank you so very much to all of you at the Central Charlton Residents Association for the donation
of £285 raised from your Christmas Carol Singing. It is very kind of you to support us in this way. As you know we are an independent charity and we raise all our own funds from a variety of sources. Every penny counts and support of local organisations and businesses is much appreciated. In 2016 / 17 we supported 319 local families including 469 local children. Our mobile outreach project helped 146 disadvantaged and isolated families in Greenwich borough. We also provided volunteer opportunities for 23 local people.