More than 400 school children and 1,000 parents gathered at Loddon Valley Leisure Centre in Lower Earley on Sunday 11 December to sing carols at the annual Wokingham Borough primary schools’ carol concert.
Alongside the Berkshire Maestros Corelli Orchestra, led by musical director James Baker, 23 schools took part. Wokingham Borough Mayor Cllr Bob Pitts hosted the evening and all proceeds from the sale of programmes will go to his chosen charity, Wokingham and Bracknell District Mencap.
For almost 20 years, this local charity has been supporting children and adults with learning disabilities and/or an autism spectrum disorder. Carers and families also benefit from their help and advice. They currently support 228 families within the Wokingham Borough.
Wokingham Borough Mayor Cllr Bob Pitts said: "This vital local charity is affiliated to, but not funded by, the Royal Mencap Society. This can be a challenge as many people believe that they receive national funding, but as an independent charity it has to source all its own funding. The choir and the Maestros Corelli orchestra were outstanding and the money raised from this favourite Christmas event will enable Mencap to continue the important work they do in the borough."
The schools taking part were: Aldryngton Primary, All Saints Primary, Charvil Primary, Crazies Hill Primary, Earley St Peters Primary, Farley Hill Primary, Finchampstead Primary, Gorse Ride Junior, Grazeley Primary, Hawthorns Primary, Hillside Primary, St Nicholas Hurst Primary, Lambs Lane Primary, Nine Mile Ride Primary, Polehampton Junior, Radstock Primary, Shinfield St Mary's Junior, St Dominic Savio Primary, St Pauls Junior, St Sebastian’s Primary, The Colleton Primary, The Coombes Primary, Westende Junior and Winnersh Primary schools.
More photos from the event are available on the council's Facebook page.