Getting into the Christmas spirit to raise vital funds for blind children and young people.
Throughout December, RLSB has a range of Christmas carolling and bucket collections to help us raise vital funds for blind children. To give you an idea of what went on, RLSB volunteer Sally Lyon has written a blog sharing what it was like to go carolling with RLSB at Trafalgar in 2015:
“I first got involved with the RLSB as a volunteer marshall at the RLSB Blindfold Run at the Olympic Park in 2015. I was then contacted by RLSB before Christmas 2015 to see if I was interested in getting involved in their carol singing in Trafalgar Square.
As I sing in a choir, I know a lot of people who like singing and are also keen to volunteer their time where they can, I said yes and that I would try to get a group together from my choir. In the end I think we had about 15 singers from our choir joining the many other choristers who had signed up to sing and collect money for RLSB.
“It was a great feeling!”
We were encouraged to dress in “christmassy” colours so most of us wore something red, wore Christmas hats, headbands with antlers on and anything else we could think of to make it a fun occasion.
We sang Christmas carols like Away in a Manger, Once in Royal David’s City, and Silent Night. It was a great feeling standing in Trafalgar Square in front of the big Christmas tree with a large audience watching (and joining in) with our singing. We all really enjoyed the event.
RLSB is a really good charity to volunteer for and support and I would urge anyone with some free time in the evening to sign up next year. You don’t need to be a great singer, just enthusiastic and wanting to help a charity which helps blind and partially sighted young people in London.
Update: In January 2017, RSBC merged with the Royal London Society for Blind People (RLSB). Although we are now called RSBC, there may be some references to RLSB in this blog.
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