Thousands raised from Wellington Concert
We concluded our festive fundraising programme with the ever-popular Wellington Christmas Concert on Tuesday (20 December 2016).
Actor and Comedian Tim Brooke-Taylor OBE returned to host the magical evening, which started with mince pies and mulled wine and concluded with the Windsor Upper Schools’ performance of Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is You, which had everyone up off the pews.
In-between, festive fans heard readings from special guests, including the Mayor of Bracknell, Councillor Tony Virgo, Thames Hospice Ambassador Christine Small, and Thames Hospice Senior Health Care Assistant, Elaine Zanini. Wellington Christmas Concert stalwarts, Windsor-based a cappella group The Royal Harmonics, put on a pitch-perfect performance of Christmas classics, including Little Saint Nick and O Holy Night.
Alison Evans, Thames Hospice’s Head of Community and Events Fundraising, said: “What a way to celebrate Christmas. A lot of planning went into it and so much fun was had on the night, so we hope everyone who came along enjoyed themselves. We would like to say an extra big thank you to James Manwaring and the Windsor Upper Schools, who joined us in their hard-earned Christmas break to perform as brilliantly as ever. We would also like to thank Tim Brooke-Taylor, for not only giving up his time to host so wonderfully, but for speaking at our Eton Christmas Service too.”
The concert, at Wellington College in Crowthorne, which was opened by Thames Hospice Chief Executive Debbie Raven, has made thousands for the charity through ticket sales, plus more than an amazing £1,000 was raised through a retiring collection on the night. All funds raised will allow Thames Hospice to provide local people with quality of life, until the end of life, throughout Christmas and beyond. For those who could not attend, but would like to donate to the Hospice, there is still time to support our Christmas Appeal.