Star-studded Christmas concert

Mary Nightingale, Annabel Croft, Rupert Young and Polly Walker pictured at last year’s concert

With Christmas looming it’s time to start thinking about festive events. The South London Press charity partner, Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity, is hosting its celebrity-studded London Carol Concert on Wednesday, December 6 and is inviting readers to join in the festive occasion and support this magical, candlelit event

The fundraiser will be raising money for Rainbow Trust, which supports families caring for a child with a life-threatening or terminal illness, and will take place in the beautiful St Paul’s Church in Knightsbridge. Hundreds of guests are expected to attend the much-loved concert, including a host of celebrities from the world of entertainment who will each be taking to the pulpit to recite a festive reading.

Presenter Mary Nightingale (ITV News) will be hosting the event alongside special celebrity readers, including former British No.1 tennis player Annabel Croft, actor Jason Flemyng (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels), actress Dervla Kirwan (Ballykissangel), comedienne and actress Maureen Lipman (The Pianist), actor Robert Portal (The King’s Speech) and actor Rupert Young (Merlin).

Previously listed as one of London’s top carol concerts, the doors open at 6pm, with guests being welcomed with mulled wine and mince pies.

The service will incorporate a range of wonderful festive readings and music, including performances by Farleigh School Chapel Choir, which will sing arrangements of classical Christmas songs and lead the congregational singing of traditional Christmas carols.

A young sibling from one of the families supported by Rainbow Trust will also read at the concert. It is a wonderful way for people across London to get into the Christmas spirit whilst supporting Rainbow Trust.

Farleigh School Choir members

Emma Haines, Rainbow Trust’s director of marketing and fundraising, said: “Our annual carol concert is one of our most admired and popular events and we are really looking forward to welcoming our guests for another festive celebration. Christmas can often be one of the hardest times of the year for the families we support. This event will get people into the festive spirit while fundraising for a worthy cause, meaning our family support workers can help those families have the best Christmas possible.”

Rainbow Trust has nine care teams of family support workers across England, including two in London.

The charity helps more than 2,000 families at home, in hospital and in the community, making life a little easier when they have a seriously ill child.

Tickets are £40 each and can be booked by visiting rainbowtrust.org.uk/londoncarolconcert or calling 01372 220 042.

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