Candlelight Carol Service

On Friday 5th December we held our first ever Candlelight Carol Service.

This took place at St Mark’s Church, Englefield. Almost 200 people attended the service which was a very special evening set in a beautiful church which looked stunning in the candlelight. There were four readings which were kindly read by The Hon Mrs Bayliss JP – Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire, Richard Benyon MP and Patron of Swings & Smiles, Mary Cameron, Patron of Swings & Smiles and Chris Tarrant OBE.

Other performances included a solo of ‘The Candle Song’ by Sayer Willett, ‘Midwinter’ and ‘Ding Dong Merrily On High’ by St Gabriel’s School Choir and ‘The Little Matchgirl’ by pupils from Brookfields School.

Chris Tarrant rounded off the service with an appeal on behalf of Swings & Smiles.

We are very grateful to our three key sponsors: Haslams; Ntegra and Donnington New Homes and to all our friends, families and supporters who came along to make the event such a success. The event raised £3,000 which will be put towards the running of our service at The Phoenix Resource Centre which is helping so many families with special needs children in and around West Berkshire. Thank you to all those of you who generously gave donations on the evening.

It was lovely to see you all and we wish you all a very Happy Christmas.

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