A festive end to Kindred’s 2022!

Our festive autism and family friendly concert, Carols with Kindred, was a resounding success and a joyful way to bring 2022 to a close.

Everyone who attended were not only generous in song but in heart too, with sales on entrance and raffle tickets, donations and “Jenny’s shop” totalling £1852!

We have a long list of thank yous including of course to everyone who attended, and the performers: the Linton Singers and the Edinburgh Renaissance Band .

photo of The Linton Singers and The Edinburgh Renaissance Band being conducted by Murray Campbell in Edinburgh

Above: Murray Campbell conducting The Linton Singers and The Edinburgh Renaissance Band at our concert.

Special thanks to our parent speaker Laura McCartney for talking about her experience as a parent, and of the crucial wide-ranging support Kindred has offered when she’s needed it. And what that help has meant for her son’s quality of life including him now thriving at a school that’s right for his needs.

To families like ours Kindred are the star in the night sky, they help light the way through the difficulties.

Also to Jenny Harris (for her chutneys and jams and storekeeper skills), to Jenni Flett and to the team of ten strong amazing volunteers from Baillie Gifford.  Having so many volunteers, giving up their time to lend a hand with whatever was required, really made the night such a success.

Seven festive volunteers from Baillie Gifford who helped that night

Above: some of the valued volunteers from Baillie Gifford who helped make the night such a success.

A festive photo of volunteers manning a Kindred stall of goodies at the concert

Above: star chutney and jam maker Jenny Harris (right) and a festive Baillie Gifford volunteer manning a stall on the night.

Our raffle wouldn’t have been the same without the generous contributions from many, including Mr and Mrs Bonella, Jenny Harris, Jenni Flett, Brian Sibbald, Boots, the Co-op, Hotel Chocolat, Lakeland, Tesco and The Works.

Kindred staff member Veronica with a member of the audience

Above: Kindred Hospital Team manager Veronica with an enthusiastic member of the audience


Finally a big thank you to professional photographer Malcolm Cochrane, for capturing wonderful images and footage of the night within The Parish Church of St. Cuthbert in Edinburgh.

A young man sitting in the pews as part of the audience holding a concert programme

Above: one of our concert regulars enjoying the night

You can watch some of the concert here: the Linton Singers and the Renaissance Band, and some Kindred audience participation in Once in Royal David’s City and Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer.

Above: our festive audience enjoying singing along