The retiring collection held for the international disaster relief charity ShelterBox at the end of our performance of Messiah on Saturday, 30th November, raised £1,117. This amount is enough to pay for almost two complete boxes (average cost of a box, including delivery, is £590) or six new tents. Thanks go to our very generous audience and choir members.
ShelterBox’s response teams have been tirelessly working to help families since the very first days after the Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, but figures are showing that more than 13 million people have been affected by the storm so far, and over 4 million people have been forced from their homes. In addition, donations like this will be going towards providing essential aid to families affected by continuing crises elsewhere, including in Syria and Sudan. This is especially urgent as the colder months approach, for which ShelterBox is sending out winterised shelter solutions. For more information on all the charity’s work, visit www.shelterbox.org.