THE Millfield branch of the Salvation Army used this year’s carol concert to pay tribute to their colleagues from the emergency services.
The Celebration of Christmas service raised nearly £700 and has been donated to Pc David Rathband’s Blue Lamp Foundation.
Pc Rathband was blinded after being shot by gunman Raoul Moat after he went on a rampage last year.
Event organiser Ray Brown, from the Millfield Salvation Army, said: “We wanted to use this year’s concert to raise funds for The Blue Lamp Foundation as the Salvation Army has many members who are also employed by the emergency services.
“That covers our branch here in Millfield as well as others in the region and across the country as a whole.”
The event, which was a sell-out, took place at The Salvation Army hall in Millfield.
Blue Lamp Foundation committee member and policewoman Alison Brown collected the cheque on behalf of the foundation from Major Hilary Naylor.
The concert featured Salvation Army musicians, a humorous sketch and two vocal soloists.