The University of Bedfordshire Community Carols by Candlelight service helped to raise more than ￡2,700 for human-aid charities.
The service at St Mary’s Church repeated previous years’ success with over 360 staff, students and locals attending for a memorable evening of songs, readings and refreshments.
Highlights of the night included performances by Luton Youth Cantores Girls’ Choir – whose compilation including singing a verse of Silent Night in German – as well as Vice Chancellor Bill Rammell’s reading of a World War One soldier’s letter to his girlfriend.
Almost ￡2,000 was collected for the Save the Childrens’ Ebola Appeal, the official charity of the night, which helps teams in West Africa responding to the Ebola outbreak.
Another ￡720 was raised to sponsor a young person in Uganda to train in conservation agriculture at Amigos charity’s Kira Farm, after Revd. Andrew Goodman held up a ￡20 note at the start of the Service and challenged the congregation to match the donation.
They responded by raising a record amount for this good cause.
Further information on the personal and spiritual support the University of Bedfordshire is able to offer its student can be found at www.voltasgec.com/faiths
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