THE CAROL CONCERT
The Supporting Wounded Veterans Carol Concert
2nd December 2020
As summer comes to a close, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our live Carol Concert this year. As with previous years, we wanted joyful carols sung by an equally joyful congregation and choir, but with such heavy restrictions on the latter, we knew we needed to take a different approach this year.
Instead, we are gathering together our talented singers, soloists, musicians, celebrity readers, SWV veterans and buddies to bring you a beautiful and uplifting service streamed straight to your homes.
The wonderful Holy Trinity Church Sloane Square will form the backdrop for our event and we are delighted that Oliver Lallemant will once again be conducting our choir and soloists as well as playing the organ and piano.
Over the last few challenging months, the SWV team have been working hard to adapt and develop new ways to help those Veterans most in need. In 2019 our Carol Concert raised almost £75,000 for the charity's work. With a majority of our fundraising events cancelled in 2020, your involvement this year with both the concert and auction is even more important.
So, please save the date and invite your friends to join us in raising a glass to cheer on the Veterans being aided by your generous support of SWV.
We will be launching our online auction on Monday 2nd November which will run until Tuesday 15th December, the day after the concert. With a glorious array of lots from villas to shooting days to delicious bottles of port, the SWV auction is the only place to shop for exciting and unusual Christmas presents this year.
MESSAGE FROM THE FOUNDER
Welcome to our fourth annual Supporting Wounded Veterans' Carol Concert and thank you so much for supporting us this year of all years. I wish that we were able to meet up all together, but we so hope that you enjoy our Concert at home, hopefully surrounded by your loved ones.
Any funds that we raise tonight will enable SWV to continue with our unique programmes of support for our Veterans, with the aim of helping those in need to regain their independence in civilian life via our Occupation, Training and Employment (OTE), Mentoring and Pain Management programmes.
Our success speaks for itself; 93% of the Veterans who have engaged with us are back into OTE. As one Veteran writes further on in the programme, ’you are never injured once’. The requirement for treatment after complex trauma injury goes on and on and on, with multiple operations, and often after years of being at Hedley court and years of battling with PTSD. But, with the right help, people can overcome extraordinary hurdles and be an inspiration to us all.
By watching our concert tonight, you are helping the charity to continue to support as many Veterans as we can, in all aspects of civilian life, and to help us initiate important research studies at King’s College on new treatments for those who have fought for their country.
This year has been particularly challenging for so many, and this includes many Veterans. SWV has been working hard to support those most in need throughout this year and has adapted to new ways in which to do this remotely, which we will continue to do into 2021 and beyond.
Once again, we are taking part in The Big Give which enables some donations to be doubled in size. This was very successful last year and we hope to raise even more money this year.
A huge thank you from all of us at SWV and we wish you a very Happy Christmas.
Founder and CEO, Supporting Wounded Veterans
A MESSAGE FROM OUR PATRON
This has been a difficult year for everyone. We are living through extraordinary times. Our way of life has been significantly challenged, there has been considerable uncertainty and many people have suffered. One can only imagine though what it must be like for those veterans of recent campaigns for whom life is a struggle in normal times.
Many of these veterans have made remarkable sacrifices on behalf of our country and as they have transitioned to civilian life, and left behind the camaraderie of Service life, the physical, mental and emotional scars of battle are being exposed.
Supporting Wounded Veterans is a very special charity that has a rare understanding of these challenges and a genuinely innovative approach to defeating them. Thank you for your support.
General Sir Nicholas Carter KCB CBE DSO
Patron, Supporting Wounded Veterans
CAROL CONCERT 2019