We are delighted that 'A Celebration of Christmas' 2019 raised nearly £50,000 for the work of the Stroke Association in Wiltshire.
The inaugural Marlborough Christmas carol service took place on 19 December and was organised by a committee of volunteers.
Over 600 guests attended the service in the stunning Marlborough College Chapel to enjoy music from the internationally renowned classical singer Carly Paoli, soloist Tom Elwes from Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum, the Marlborough Stroke Association Christmas Choir under the choirmaster Adam Meehan-Staines and the Pinewood School Chapel Choir under Director of Music Niki Bell.
The congregation listened to festive readings from Strictly Come Dancing star Viscountess Emma Weymouth and radio and television broadcaster Chris Tarrant, as well as adventurer David Hempleman-Adams, BBC Points West presenter Will Glennon and best-selling poet Charly Cox.
Author and former High Master of St Paul’s School and Manchester Grammar School Martin Stephen gave an incredibly moving address, along with Juliet Bouverie the Chief Executive of the charity.
Tickets to the event, sponsored by Cazenove Capital, sold out within 48 hours.
Over 50 organisations generously supported the event and due to their incredible generosity, every penny from ticket sales is going to help the charity's work in Wiltshire.
The committee would like to thank our Royal Patron, HRH the Duke of Kent KG.
THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR AMAZING SUPPORT
"Just to say what a wonderful evening tonight. Congratulations and thank you.
"It was a perfect start to Christmas. I thought we were just going to sing a bunch of carols and drink some hot wine, but wow, what a show!
"And what an important cause."
- a member of the congregation
Stroke is one of the greatest health challenges of our time. As the UK’s leading charity dedicated to conquering stroke, the Stroke Association delivers stroke services across the UK, campaigns for better stroke care, invests in research and fundraises to expand its reach to as many stroke survivors as possible. It relies on the financial and voluntary support of businesses and individuals