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Hospice hosts sell-out Christmas Concert

Our annual Wellington College Christmas Concert was a sell-out, raising thousands to help us continue our vital work this Christmas and beyond.

This festive fundraiser - held in the Crowthorne school’s Chapel on Tuesday 19 December at 7.30pm - was hosted by actor and comedian Tim Brooke-Taylor OBE for the third consecutive year. Windsor Upper Schools and their Director of Music, James Manwaring, led the musical entertainment, with a debut performance from the Thames Hospice Choir – made up of staff and volunteers - and interludes from Windsor-based a cappella group, The Royal Harmonics.

Alison Evans, Head of Community and Events Fundraising, said: “There wasn’t a spare seat in the house and everybody was in fine tune – it was an especially memorable year for the concert, and wonderful to see so much support from our community in the Hospice’s 30th year.

“We would like to thank James Manwaring at the Windsor Upper Schools for giving up his time, year-on- year, to entertain our guests. That thanks extends to our wonderful host, Tim Brooke-Taylor, and all our speakers, supporters, volunteers and sponsors, who we simply couldn’t do this without.”

Alongside the Christmas carols were readings from special guests, including Doctor Cecily Wright, our Medical Director, Bracknell Forest Councillor Tony Virgo and Ambassador Kate Atkinson. Kate’s sister Hatti was cared for by the Hospice in 2014 and you can read her story here.

The Thames Hospice Wellington Christmas Concert was generously supported by the Tesco Bags of Help scheme. This event raised funds through ticket sales and a retiring collection on the night.

To reserve your seat for next year’s concert - taking place on Tuesday 20 December - email us or call 01753 842121.