Former television and radio presenter Annabel Giles is special guest reader at an annual Christmas concert in Worthing, held by national learning disability charity Hft.
Best known for her television and radio work and her stint on I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here in 2013, the presenter has now retrained as a counsellor and psychotherapist. Annabel Giles, whose son has autism, will be topping off a packed programme set to get the whole family in the festive spirit.
Held at St Paul’s community centre on 6 December, the Coming of Christmas concert features carols, readings and music performed by vocal choir The Rowland Singers and local jazz pianist Dirk Bollwerk. Joining in the celebration are people supported by the charity, who have prepared festive poems and artwork.
Guests will also have the chance to enjoy some complimentary mulled wine and mince pies and can indulge in some Christmas shopping at the venue’s artisan marketplace.
All proceeds from the festive evening are set to go towards the work Hft does supporting adults with learning disabilities in Sussex. Services focus on supporting people in all areas of their life: from developing practical skills and helping them to get a job to introducing them to technology that can help them live as independently as possible.
Jodi Harford, Regional Fundraising Manager at Hft, said:
“We’re hoping for a great turn out at this fantastic Christmas event. It’s a wonderful chance to get together with family and friends for a festive evening, while raising money for a vital cause.
“All the money raised will help us to continue supporting adults with learning disabilities to live the best life possible. Our services range from round the clock support to helping people with specific challenges such as building a social life or developing skills for independent living.”
Hft currently supports more than 2,500 people with learning disabilities across England and Wales. Locally, the charity supports more than 50 people in Sussex.
Tickets cost £6 and are available from www.hft.org.uk/comingofchristmasworthing19
Notes to editors
Hft is a national charity that creatively supports more than 2,200 adults with learning disabilities across England and Wales to live the best life possible. Services range from residential care to supporting people to live independently in their own homes – 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.
Established in 1962, Hft is funded in two ways: through local authorities, who fund vital support services, but also through donors, supporters and volunteers who enable us to find new ways to help more people to thrive rather than just get by.
For more information about Hft please visit www.hft.org.uk
Location: Hft Sussex