Magical Christmas Carol Concert raises £290,000

Picture of patients Henry and Bill with actors Olivia Williams, Alison Steadman & Simon Callow

On Tuesday 10 December Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity held its 14th annual Christmas Carol Concert at St Paul’s Church, Knightsbridge, raising an incredible £290,000 for the charity's Look Inside Appeal.

The star-studded event featured festive readings from special guests Alison Steadman, Simon Callow, Olivia Williams, Juno Temple, Sir John Standing, Simon Williams, Nanette Newman and Isaac Hempstead Wright.

The enchanted evening, sponsored by travel experts Trailfinders, also included heart-warming readings by patients and staff from the world renowned children’s hospital, alongside traditional carols and live performances from the Choristers of St Thomas’s Battersea, the London Central Fellowship Band and the Band of the Grenadier Guards.
More than 700 guests gathered to raise vital funds for the Look Inside appeal, an initiative to help fund the hospital’s life-saving imaging equipment. The equipment will help to improve diagnosis, monitor progress and help make critical decisions about treatment as the hospital continues to deliver world class care to its patients.
The service was followed by an exclusive champagne reception at The Berkeley, which included a silent auction. For children, there were special canapés, professional entertainment and the chance to enjoy a range of exciting Christmas activities.
Tim Johnson, Chief Executive of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, said: “We’re so grateful to everyone who helped to make the night so very special. The money raised will help us to make a huge difference to the young patients at Great Ormond Street Hospital.”

The Carol Concert will be broadcast on LBC Radio 97.3 at 7pm on Christmas Eve and 6am on Christmas Day.