Katie Middleton reads at the Christmas Carol Service

Carols Raise Funds for Foodbank

Alongside spreading festive cheer among the Plymouth community, last month’s Christmas carol service at Home Park raised a total of over £450 in food and financial donations for Plymouth Foodbank – thank you to everyone who generously contributed.

Having been unable to deliver the service in 2020 due to government restrictions, the popular event returned for 2021, led by Club Chaplain Arthur Goode, with First-Team Coach Kevin Nancekivell, men’s goalkeeper Michael Cooper and women's defender Katie Middleton all delivering readings among the carols, while the Salvation Army’s Martyn Bellshaw also addressed the community.

Carols were also accompanied by the Salvation Army band and choirs from five local schools: Boringdon, Marine Academy, Sherford Vale, Whitleigh Primary, and Widey Court. Technical support for the carol service was kindly provided by leading local event management company PL1 Events.

Siobhan Robbie-James, the club’s Supporter Relations Manager, was delighted to see such a great turnout, saying: “We all know the challenges we have faced throughout the pandemic, and it was brilliant to be able to bring everyone together to celebrate Christmas in our wonderful stadium.

“Supporting those less fortunate, with donations to Plymouth Foodbank, is very much in keeping with the spirit of the season, and, we’re proud to have played a small part. Our sincere thanks to everyone who donated, as well as those who donated their time and services, like PL1 Events. It really was a true community event.”

On behalf of Plymouth Foodbank, Andrew Denham said: "Our huge and grateful thanks to Argyle and their amazing community for the many kind and generous donations we received at the annual carol service.

“These are being used to provide emergency food provision and associated support to those seeking help through the Plymouth Foodbank. It will make a huge difference as we continue to support people who find themselves in food and fuel insecurity at this difficult time."