Star studded Christmas Carol Concert raises £230,000

On Tuesday 12 December Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity held it’s 18th annual Christmas Carol Concert at St Pauls Church, Knightsbridge, raising an incredible £230,000.

The star studded event – Sponsored by Trailfinders, was hosted by Downton Abbey’s Matt Barber and featured festive readings from special guests Samantha Bond, Rupert Everett, Dame Patricia Routledge, Olivia Williams and Toby Jones.

Moving reading

Patient reader Issy giving a high five at Christmas carol concert

Our guests were treated to a moving Christmas reading from 14–year–old patient Issy who has cystic fibrosis. Issy performed alongside her consultant Dr Collin Wallis, consultant in respiratory paediatrics at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).

Other highlights from the festive evening included terrific performances from The London Central fellowship Band, Ely Cathedral Girls’ Choir and the Band of the Coldstream Guards. The Techtonics, and a cappella group from Imperial College London, performed a spectacular rendition of The Twelve Days of Christmas.

The service was followed by an exclusive champagne and canape reception at the Berkeley, where guests participated in the luxury auction and Christmas cracker raffle, and heard first–hand how their support was saving lives at GOSH.

Hospital hits £1m target

Christmas carol concert reception
More than 600 guests celebrated Christmas while raising vital funds for seriously ill children and their families from across the UK. To add to the feel-good factor, the charity reached its £1 million target for the Room to Breathe appeal over the last three years.

The Room to Breathe appeal is helping fund a specialist ward for Children with serious respiratory conditions like cystic fibrosis. This will provide comfort, space and privacy to patients and families when they need it most.

Tim Johnson, Chief Executive, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity said: “We’re so grateful to everyone who was involved in making our Christmas Carol Concert so special. The money raised will help fund a specialist ward at GOSH for children with respiratory conditions, children just like Issy, who performed such a fantastic reading this evening.”