Carol concerts begin Christmas celebrations Home-Starts across the UK have started their Christmas celebrations early with carol concerts and Christmas festivals to support their life-changing work with families in their communities. Home-Start UK held beautiful carol concerts in Belfast and London to support our Snowflake Appeal for vulnerable children. Both were supported by Investec who have been long-time supporters of Home-Start UK and our life-changing work with families. The first concert took place at St Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast with a service led by the Dean of Belfast, Very Rev. John Mann. Pictured above are parents, children and Home-Start ambassadors placing snowflakes on the Christmas tree in St Anne's. The second concert was held at St. Bride's Church, Fleet Street, in London. The concert at St. Brides contained a special reading by Home-Start’s ambassador and TV presenter, Kirstie Allsopp, who also spoke about why she supports Home-Start and why our work means so much to her. Sue Thorn, Home-Start’s head of fundraising said “These carol concerts were two wonderful events, and we are very grateful to St. Bride’s Church, and St Anne’s Cathedral, as well as the whole team at Investec and Kirstie for all of their help and support.” “While these are always beautiful and fun, the most important thing is that they support the Snowflake Appeal and that the generosity of those who attended will make a massive difference to children across the UK.” Across the country, local Home-Starts have also been hosting their traditional carol concerts and festivals. For example, Home-Start Richmond held a concert on 3 December, while Home-Start Wandsworth’s concert’s took place on 15 December.