New look for our fundraising Christmas Concert

The Trust recently held its 21st Annual Christmas Concert at Carpenters’ Hall in London. Over 150 guests enjoyed an evening of entertainment from the Royal College of Music Junior Department and a three course meal by candlelight.

The format of the night was completely different to previous years with the choir from the RCM performing pieces by Jan Sandstom, Biebl, Darke and a world premiere from ex RCM student John Batchelor around the room throughout dinner, accompanied by members of the orchestra.

Rod Bennion, Chairman of Trustees spoke about our achievements of the last year and introduced three young people who have taken part in courses with the Trust. Marcus and Hamza both took part in our pre-apprenticeship programme and Marcus is now a Building Services Engineering technician apprentice at Crofton Design. Hamza is studying Civil Engineering at London South Bank University, and receives a bursary from us to help fund his travel expenses whilst studying. Jake took part in a Mobile Classroom course with the Trust at our Southwark training facility and we are supporting him through further tickets so make his chance of employment as high as possible for when he turns 18

. After a three course meal and performances throughout the dinner from the RCM, guests had the opportunity to take part in our much anticipated raffle and auction with prizes including a painting by artist Lee Campbell, tea for two at the Ritz, a Fortnum and Mason hamper and a night’s stay in a luxury hotel including afternoon tea.

We would like to thank this year's supporters of the event BAM, CSCS, Keepmoat, Urbanis, and Willmott Dixon. We would also like to thank EMCOR, the Cookery School, Byrne Group, Decadence, The Sash Window Workshop, Mears, Galliford Try and Young Builders Trust for donating prizes for the raffle and auction. We were delighted to have raised almost £4000 on the night, so thank you to everyone who made a donation.