Festive fundraising

A nativity scene in a barn

In January 2017, RSBC merged with the Royal London Society for Blind People (RLSB). Although we are now called RSBC, there may be some references to RLSB in the following article.
In 1955, a local businessman called Albert Howe came up with a creative and festive way to raise funds for RLSB. Here’s an article from the RLSB Review about his generous efforts.

Mr Albert Howe, an Essex businessman, takes a practical interest in the work of the Royal London society for the Blind; so last christmas he brought two of his Friesian calves, two lambs and a ewe from his smallholding and gave them a temporary home between the cars in his motor showrooms.

Adjoining the pen in which they were kept he built a full-size crib with figures representing Mary, babe and the Three Wise Men.

Thousands of people came to see it and contributed to the cause Mr Howe has so much at heart.

As a result the Society recieved the magificent sum of £130 15s. The presentation of the cheque for this amount took place in the Mayor’s Parlour at Chelmsford.

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