THE founder of Celebrate Voice in Salisbury joined invited guests to attend the Duchess of Cambridge’s carol concert in Westminster Abbey, London.

The Together at Christmas concert on December 8 was to recognise people and organisations who have contributed to their communities over the last 18 months.

Lynsey Docherty said it was a “real honour” to be selected adding: “It also shows value for the arts in society and in Salisbury in particular, and was incredibly uplifting on a personal level to have received such an invitation and acknowledgement of my work.”

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During lockdown Lynsey hosted a series of online Celebrate Voice shows.

Alongside the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were other royals, Prince Edward and Countess of Wessex, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, Zara and Mark Tindall, the Middletons.

Representatives from Fordingbridge Greener Living (FGL) and The Branch (New Life Community Church) also attended.

They were nominated by the Co-op in recognition of the support they gave to people in need over the last year.

A community fridge and freezer was run in The Branch during the lockdowns to enable them to help many families who found themselves facing particularly difficult times.

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Wendy Reid, of FGL, said: “It was amazing for Fordingbridge Greener Living to be recognised for the work that we did with New Life Community Church to support people in our community who were struggling through exceptional times in 2020.

"The service at Westminster Abbey was beautiful and it was wonderful to meet other people from across the country who were also nominated for their work. Such a positive and life affirming experience."

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Nicky Williams, of The Branch, said it was a “joy and a delight” to be nominated to attend, adding: “It was very special to be at Westminster Abbey singing carols with charities from all over the UK. A huge thank you to Sarah Crocker and team at Co-op in nominating us, what a privilege to for Jo and I to attend and represent all the committed volunteers at the Branch”

The service is due to be televised this evening (Christmas Eve December 24) on ITV at 7.30pm.

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