Carers Trust was delighted to welcome acclaimed actors Greg Wise, Emma Thompson and David Suchet to a drinks reception on the 3rd of December, followed by a glittering Christmas Carol Concert at St George’s Church in London’s Hanover Square.
The concert, which heralds the start of the festive season for Carers Trust, was held in aid of our work to support unpaid carers right across the UK. The evening was made possible thanks to the generous sponsorship of Carers Trust’s corporate partner, CLC World Resorts & Hotels. And to get into the festive mood, many of the guests enjoyed a pre-concert drinks reception in the impressive surroundings of The Westbury Mayfair hotel.
All 250 guests at the concert enjoyed a beautiful programme of seasonal music and carols, led by the prestigious City of London Choir under the baton of its renowned Director, Hilary Davan Wetton.
And we were especially thrilled to welcome to the concert a choir of carers from Northamptonshire Carers, one of Carers Trust’s Network Partners. The carers gave a beautiful rendition of a song specially composed for them, ‘A child is born in Bethlehem’, receiving a standing ovation from a delighted audience.
Actors Greg Wise and David Suchet interspersed the music with two magical readings. Greg Wise gave a hugely enjoyable reading of Dylan Thomas’ ‘A Child’s Christmas in Wales’. And David Suchet followed with a wonderful reading of ‘King John’s Christmas’ by A.A. Milne.
Jaycee Labouche, a carer from Wandsworth, then delivered an incredibly poignant reading of her own poem, Unconditionally, describing the pressures she has to face every day as a carer for her 90 year old father.
Renowned BBC Presenter, Andrew Marr, then rounded off the concert with an impassioned appeal on behalf of Carers Trust.
Reflecting on the success of the evening, Graham Wilding, UK Managing Director of CLC World Resorts & Hotels, said:
“CLC World Resorts & Hotels was honoured once again to sponsor the Carers Trust Christmas Carol Concert. A great evening was had by all as we raised funds for Carers Trust to enable them to continue their work supporting 500,000 of the UK’s 7 million unpaid carers and help them extend that assistance even further.”