People are being invited to enjoy a festive concert and help raise funds for an arson hit primary school at the same time.

The concert, featuring Christmas carols performed by the City of Wolverhampton Council Choir and Wolverhampton Music Service, will take place on the ground floor of the Civic Centre, by the cafe, on Wednesday (18 December) between 12pm and 1pm.

All are welcome and entry is free, but a collection will also be held in aid of Merridale Primary School, with all donations gratefully accepted. 

The school recently suffered an arson attack in which a wooden hut used for forest school activities for nursery and reception pupils – and which was to become a Christmas grotto – was sadly burnt to the ground. The school has launched a fundraising campaign to pay for a new building and anyone interested in helping can donate online via JustGiving.   

Headteacher Simon Lane said: "Merridale Primary is passionate about learning outdoors and enjoying nature. Our forest school area and classroom has been developed over the last 10 years into a unique, educational space which is used weekly by our youngest children in nursery and reception to provide enriching activities. 

“Due to the acts of mindless vandals, this can no longer happen, leaving children and staff devastated. Please help us to raise money to re-develop and re-build this special place for our children." 

Councillor Dr Michael Hardacre, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: "This is a great opportunity for people to get into the festive spirit and enjoy a carol concert in the company of our fantastic choir and Music Service. 

“At the same time, there will be an opportunity for members of the audience to make a small donation to a collection and help bring some Christmas cheer to pupils and teachers at Merridale Primary School."

The Music Service has been out and about with pupils from Merridale Primary recently to perform carols at various locations including Sainsbury's, helping to collect donations for the appeal at the same time.