Let the festivities begin!

Though we say it ourselves, Carers Trust’s first Christmas carol concert on Tuesday, 5 December at St Mary-le-Bow, Cheapside, was a wonderful start to the festive season and a sell out success.

The evening raised more than £14,700 to support unpaid carers, thanks to sponsors CLC World Resorts & Hotels and our guests’ generous response to a heartfelt appeal from broadcaster Angela Rippon.  Thank you to all who attended.

Guests heard some truly uplifting seasonal music from the City of London Choir, under the baton of Hilary Davan Wetton, with a beautiful solo rendition of Rutter’s arrangement of O Holy Night from baritone Benjamin Lewis.  The audience joined in heartily in singing some well-known carols.

Jo Brand read a poem about carers which she composed especially for the evening (read it here) and CLC brand ambassador Jennie Bond entertained us with her reading of The Twelve Days of Christmas by John Julius Norwich.

Fifteen-year-old Chloe Stimson, spoke movingly about her experience of caring for her mum and read a Christmas poem by Mick Gowar.

Carers Trust thanks the organising committee for their help with planning the evening and providing wine and mince pies; and the generous raffle prize donors - King’s Fine Food, Claridge’s, Mulberry and The London Symphony Orchestra - who gave us great prizes to help us support our work with unpaid carers.

Our thanks also go to Crowe Clark Whitehill for their support with the programmes.

Here is just a flavour of the evening: