Christmas concert in aid of people with learning disabilities

Hft, a national charity for people with learning disabilities, held their annual Christmas concert, The Coming of Christmas at Liverpool Cathedral last night to a packed audience.

The traditional festive evening was presented by Frank Cottrell Boyce the well-known scriptwriter and generously sponsored by Andrew Collinge Hairdressing. Special Christmas songs, carols and readings were performed by The Belvedere Academy Chamber Choir, The Maghull Wind Orchestra, Professor Ian Tracey Liverpool Cathedral Organist and Brendan Ball Principal Trumpet with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

The charity raised over £2000 for their Bytes Programme which enables people with learning disabilities to gain catering skills and qualifications to help them to find supported employment.

Joan McLarnon for Hft said: “We so very grateful to have been able to hold our first carol concert in the wonderful Liverpool Cathedral with such respected performers who gave so generously of their time and services for the charity and especially the Bytes Programme. Thank you to everyone who attended and helped us raise such a wonderful amount for the charity.”

Hft currently supports more than 2,500 people with learning disabilities across the country.  Locally, the charity supports more than 66 people in Cheshire and Merseyside.  This includes supporting people with learning disabilities to live independently in their own homes, providing employment services to help people develop skills and experience for work and helping people to pursue hobbies, make new friends and get involved in their local communities.

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About Hft

Hft is a national charity supporting more than 2,500 adults with learning disabilities across England to live the best life possible. Established in 1962, the charity uses its own unique Fusion Model to consistently deliver high quality, person-centred support across all its services.

Services range from supported living to residential care – from a few hours a week to 24 hours a day. Hft also helps people with learning disabilities to take part in daily activities, make friends and develop relationships and to find work.

For more information about Hft please visit

Information about learning disabilities

A learning disability can be mild, moderate, severe or profound and is defined as having a reduced ability to:

  • Understand new or complex information
  • Learn new skills
  • Live independently

Subject: Fundraising

Location: Northern England

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