Preventing Homelessness in Reading

Carols by Candlelight.

Launchpad’s annual carol service 2018, what a success!

A capacity congregation of over 800 supporters, volunteers, patrons, clients and staff enjoyed Launchpad’s eleventh Carols by Candlelight service on Thursday 6 December.

The wonderful festive evening included reading’s from Graham Barker High Sheriff of Berkshire, Launchpad staff Daisy Davis, Lady Stevenson and UCEM Principal Ashley Wheaton. Harriet Kirk Mezzo Soprano opened Carols by Candlelight with Once in Royal David’s City, joined by Reading Bach and the congregation.

The Hawthorns Primary School, Danyl Johnson and Reading Bach Choir were the highlight of the evening with their magical rendition of O Holy Night.

Reading Minster’s Reverend Stephen Pullin acknowledged what was in everyone’s thoughts, ‘it’s hard not to be moved by homelessness, whether it’s hidden or on our streets’.

Matt Allwright’s insightful appeal raised awareness of Launchpad’s anniversary year next year 2019. Forty years of helping the homeless in Reading. Jokingly Matt suggested being 39 is a dangerous year, mourning our youth, hankering after a sports car and suggested he’d buy Launchpad a cardigan for our fortieth birthday! His appeal moved on with a more serious message. Consumer research shows only 1% of what we buy we still use six months later and encouraged people to donate to Launchpad instead of buying ‘tat’. Donate to Launchpad and use your money for a positive purpose and finished with the snappy line ‘don’t buy tat when you can help someone buy a flat!’

Launchpad’s eleventh Carols by Candlelight service raised more than £8,000 from ticket sales and donations on the night! Thank you to all who attended, volunteered and supported the event.

See the photos from Carols by Candlelight 2018 here >

Carols by Candlelight