Christmas carols on the concourse at Waterloo raises £3,600 for food banks

Friday 08th December 2017
  • School choirs entertained train passengers on Wednesday 6 December at the UK’s busiest railway station
  • More than 130 students travelled from schools in Sherborne to London Waterloo
  • Carol concert raised £3,600 for food banks

More than 130 students from The Gryphon School and Sherborne Girls School brought festive cheer to South Western Railway passengers at Waterloo station on Wednesday 6 December, with Christmas carols on the concourse.

Accompanied by an organ and brass band, the schools sang carols and choral pieces to thousands of passengers whilst raising money for the Waterloo and Sherborne food banks in the process.

Chris Loder, Head of Service Strategy for South Western Railway who helped to coordinate the event said: “The choir sounded amazing and raised £3,600 for such worthy causes. On behalf of everyone at South Western Railway, I would like to thank the many passengers travelling through the station who gave so generously to charity on Wednesday evening.”

Liz Burt, Press Officer for Sherborne Food Bank said: “The Dorset market town of Sherborne is linked by a direct rail service to London Waterloo. Food poverty affects both cities and rural areas. The event today has helped create awareness and vital funds to feed hungry families this Christmas.”

Director of Music at Sherborne Girls, John Jenkins, said: “The country’s largest railway station is certainly one of our more challenging performance venues, but the joy of collaborating with pupils from the Gryphon School to create a festive atmosphere for commuters and to raise money for charity makes it all worthwhile.”

Val Mizen, Head of Music at The Gryphon School, added: "It is wonderful to be involved once again in such a worthwhile and enjoyable venture with our friends and colleagues at the Sherborne Girls. Together we are helping to raise awareness and indeed funds for those less fortunate than ourselves - especially at this festive time of year”.