Exeter College is celebrating a record breaking fundraising year – raising more than £1,400 for charity – at its annual Festival of Carols.
Each year the College raises money at the event for its charity of the year as chosen by the staff and students. This year the college raised a record breaking £1,453.50 in aid of Nightstop Devon. The service took place at a packed Exeter Cathedral on Wednesday 5th December.
Sarah Lakey, Senior Community & Events Fundraiser for Nightstop Devon said: “Nightstop provides same day emergency overnight accommodation for young homeless people, between the ages of 16-25, in the homes of volunteer hosts who have been trained and vetted.
“Young people are referred to Nightstop by agencies and are risk assessed before being placed with a suitable host. Nightstop then works with the young person and other agencies to find them longer term accommodation.
“Exeter College are playing a vital role in supporting Nightstop throughout 2018/2019 student year. Money raised will go towards providing 50-70 bed nights a month across Devon.”
The event, sponsored by Lloyds Bank and Pollards Print, included music from the Exeter College Chamber Orchestra, Music Academy ensemble, Big Band and Performing Arts Choir and the audience were encouraged to join in the singing led by the College’s Choral Society.
Principal John Laramy said: “For me, the Festival of Carols always marks the start of the festive season. It provides an opportunity for our Exeter College students and staff to showcase their immense talent and skill and, as a college, it provides a moment for us to give something back to our local community, who support and work with us throughout the year.”
The Festival began with a stunning candlelit procession, followed by a welcome from college Principal John Laramy and prayers and blessings by the Dean of the Cathedral and Rev’d Christopher Durrant. Guests were invited to sing along with the carols, listen to readings by students, and join in prayer.