Fumiko wanted to get her local church and community involved in her fundraising, and decided to use the festive season to do so. She did a wonderful job organising a Christmas Hand Bell & Carol concert in the Oban Parish Church in December 2018.

“I noticed that people in Oban were feeling quite isolated, especially elderly people. I know that a lot of them enjoy music and thought that this would be a good way to bring them together. I chose to fundraise for Carr Gomm because I know that they do a lot of work to reduce loneliness, and wanted to help them achieve this in my community.”

The Muckairn Ringers, the Oban Church Choir and the Oban Gaelic Choir all performed at the event, which was supported by the Church of Scotland. Fumiko got her friends baking, and was able to sell cakes to the audience as well. The day really brought Christmas joy to the small community of Oban, and Fumiko was very happy with how the event went.

“The local music groups and the church were so helpful in organising everything. Everyone really enjoyed themselves and said that it should be an annual thing!”

With fantastic attendance on the day, Fumiko’s concert raised £380 and helped Carr Gomm increase awareness about the detrimental impacts of loneliness.

Fumiko is already planning a similar event for Oban’s Winter Festival 2019, and looks forward to bringing some holiday cheer to the Oban community once more.

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