A special version of The Twelve Days of Christmas helped raise awareness of festive food waste as choirs united in Truro for a Big Christmas Sing in support of this year’s Christian Aid Christmas Appeal, Enough for Everyone.

The song, sung by Falmouth Community Gospel Choir and delivered by singing vegetables in the stop-motion film, Oh, What a Waste, listed the millions of parsnips, mince pies and jars of cranberry sauce that go to waste each year. The film was launched in time for Christmas to encourage people to save on waste and give money that can help vital food reach people in need.

The concert, held at Truro Cathedral, also featured performances from Pelynt Male Choir and Bosvigo School Choir and was attended by over 700 people. The money raised at the concert will be divided between the Cathedral and Christian Aid.

Christian Aid’s regional coordinator for Cornwall, Jill Stone, said: “This was a very special evening for the many who came together to enjoy singing their favourite carols and hearing stunning performances while making a difference for some of the world’s most vulnerable people.

“Hunger is not inevitable. There is enough food in the world to feed everyone. If we all cut back on food that might be wasted and spend it helping feed those in urgent need, then everyone benefits. A big thank you to everyone who took part. The UK Aid Match contribution means that the evening will have twice the impact – a fantastic Christmas present from Cornwall.”

Donations made to the Christmas Appeal between November 6 and February 5, will be matched up to £2.7 million by the UK government.