Local charity Brendoncare to host virtual Christmas concert ‘Keeping connected at Christmas’

Winchester based charity, The Brendoncare Foundation, is delighted to announce that they will be holding their first ever virtual Christmas Concert in place of their annual Christmas Concert at Winchester College.

Sponsored by Paris Smith, and hosted by TV favourite Alastair Stewart; the concert will premiere on Facebook and YouTube, on the evening of 1st December at 7.30pm, and is the perfect way to kick-start festive celebrations whilst in lockdown.

The concert will feature Brendoncare’s residents, club members, volunteers, staff and supporters, with a special guest appearance from Hampshire’s very own The Spitfire Sisters!

Emma Digance, Head of Fundraising and Communications said,

“We hope you can join us for what promises to be a heart-warming evening. It’s been wonderful seeing our community come together this year and it’s a time to reflect, celebrate and thank all our wonderful staff as well as fundraise to keep our Community Support Service running over Christmas.”

While the virtual concert is free to attend, Brendoncare will be welcoming donations towards their Christmas campaign through The Big Give, an annual donation-matching campaign. Between the 1st and 8th December, any donation to Brendoncare will be doubled by generous sponsors.

Since March 2020, when all 94 of Brendoncare’s clubs were forced to close, they have been running a free Community Support Service, making over 11,000 contacts to club members and volunteers needing support through the pandemic.

Brendoncare aims to combat the loneliness that older people in communities are facing this winter, continuing with telephone and digital support, running virtual clubs and Christmas parties and delivering food to the most vulnerable.

Brendoncare’s community work offers a vital life-line of friendship and support throughout the year, and this year – more than ever – they want to be there for everyone that needs them.

The Brendoncare team is hoping everyone will pop on their Christmas jumper and join them for an evening of festive merriment, and together help to keep older people connected this Christmas.