Actresses Patricia Hodge OBE and Sophie Ward were among the celebrities who attended Hospice UK’s Christmas carol service this week to raise vital funds for hospice care.
The event took place at St Luke’s Church in Chelsea, London, where more than 350 guests enjoyed an evening of traditional carols, music and celebrity readings, followed by mulled wine and mince pies.
There were a selection of readings given by celebrity guests who also included author John Foley MBE, as well as performances by tenor David Webb and soprano Olivia Grace Piper.
As the national charity for hospice and palliative care, Hospice UK champions and supports the work of more than 200 member organisations which provide hospice care to more than 200,000 people across the UK each year.
This support helps hospices to deliver the highest quality care for people with life-limiting conditions and also support their families.
The carol service raised £15,000 which will go towards Hospice UK’s national work for hospices. This will ensure they continue to provide vital services in future and so that everyone who needs hospice care gets this crucial support.
Catherine Bosworth, Director of Income Generation at Hospice UK, said:
“Our carol service was a wonderful occasion for guests to embrace the Christmas spirit. The beautifully decorated church of St Luke’s, with its festive foliage and welcoming atmosphere, was the perfect setting to enjoy singing some traditional carols and celebrating this magical time of year.
“Our event has helped raise vital funds to support people with life-limiting conditions and their families and we are very grateful to everyone who attended and showed their support.”