Carol Wagon

LEAH gets involved in some festive fundraising!

LEAH has got into the Christmas spirit ahead of the holidays holding its both its mince pie open morning and taking part in the annual Carol Wagon.  

Working with the Kingston Round Table, LEAH staff and volunteers took to the streets as part of the Carol Wagon event on Monday 4 December. Accompanied by Santa and his float, a team of eight from LEAH, as well as representatives from charity Love Kingston, knocked on doors to fundraise for both charities’ important work.  

Run by the Kingston Round Table, the Carol Wagon took place over 4 nights, with money collected for a different local charity each night.  

Residents in streets near the Canbury Arms made generous donations, and LEAH raised a total of over £500 on the night, the most ever raised at a Kingston Round Table Carol Wagon event. 

Local children were able to meet Santa, who was played by a 'roundtabler', and the wagon played festive tunes to get everyone in the Christmas spirit.  

LEAH also held its open house on 6 December to give it a chance to thank its volunteers for their hard work over the year and have a celebration ahead of the Christmas holidays. Over 20 volunteers visited LEAH’s offices over the course of the morning for mince pies and to have a chat in an informal setting.  

Kate Brown, LEAH’s director, said: “Both our Christmas events over the last couple of weeks have been a great success in fundraising for LEAH and thanking our supporters for their hard work.  

“Our team did a great job taking to the streets of Kingston as part of the Carol Wagon, and it was particularly heartwarming when children came to the door and we were able to introduce them to Santa.  

“Without the help of our volunteers and supporters, LEAH wouldn’t be able to help end the isolation felt by those in the local area who cannot speak English and communicate with others. I want to take this opportunity to wish all a Merry Christmas.”  

Please note that LEAH’s offices will be closed from the 25 December until 2 January 2018.