SHERBORNE GETS WATERLOO SINGING TO FEED THE HUNGRY THIS CHRISTMAS
- School choirs and musicians from Sherborne entertained train passengers at UK’s busiest railway station
- 130+ students and staff travelled from Sherborne Girls and The Gryphon Schools
- Carol concert fundraising in aid of Sherborne Food Bank and Waterloo Food Bank
- Staged between 4pm and 6.30pm on Wednesday 12th December
More than 130 pupils, staff and volunteers from Sherborne Girls and The Gryphon schools in Sherborne entertained thousands of commuters at London Waterloo station on Wednesday 6th December in aid of Sherborne Food Bank and Waterloo Food Bank, raising a phenomenal £3900 in just over two hours!
Chris Loder, Head of Service Strategy for South Western Railway (and old boy of The Gryphon School), said: “The choirs and musicians from Sherborne schools helped to create a really fantastic festive atmosphere in London Waterloo Station while helping to raise funds for two very worthwhile food bank charities. We were delighted to make this possible”.
The excited group had travelled in three special train carriages, sponsored by South Western Railway, to perform on the concourse under the cathedral-like roof of the station. Joyful Christmas carols and the uplifting sounds of big brass and organ enthralled commuters during the rush hour, while an army of volunteers collected very welcome donations.
Organiser, Liz Murray from 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 alike and this event unites our two communities, raising awareness for each of our food banks while generating vital funds to feed hungry families this Christmas”.