Christmas cheer was in the air last night (Thursday 7 December) as charity, Harrison’s Fund, hosted its annual Christmas Carol Service – and raised £685 towards its work.
To mark the arrival of the festive season 80 people joined the charity at St Andrew’s Church in Cobham for an evening of Christmas readings and songs.
Special guest readers included Good Morning Britain Presenter and Strictly Come Dancing contestant, Charlotte Hawkins, who read a poem called ‘The Magic of Christmas’ by Tom Kraus and Harrison Smith, who the charity is named after. Harrison read a poem called ‘Christmas Dog’.
There was also carol singing and readings by Cobham’s Stagecoach Performing Arts as well as a special performance from pupils from the Young Musicians of St. Andrew’s. The Service was followed by a drinks reception and mince pies.
Money raised from the evening will go towards the charity’s work funding research into Duchenne – a rare genetic condition which affects all the muscles in the body, causing them to waste away. Harrison’s Fund’s goal is to get as much money as possible into the hands of the world’s best researchers, who are working to find a cure for Duchenne. The charity is currently funding 12 research projects in the US and the UK.
Charlotte said: “We’re all here tonight supporting a very special charity. I was first approached to help out with the Harrison’s Brunch campaign back in February – and after hearing about Harrison and what a special young man he is, I wanted to help. And it’s been really lovely to meet him and his family this evening.
“Harrison has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy – sadly he faces many challenges, and now needs the help of a wheelchair to get around. And he’s not the only one – there are 2,500 children living with Duchenne. Harrison’s Dad Alex set up the charity to fund research into finding a cure and better treatment options so hopefully one day it won’t be the awful disease it is today. So please give generously – every penny counts to help improve the life of a child like Harrison.”
Alex Smith, Founder of Harrison’s Fund and dad of Harrison added: “This is the third year we have organised the Carols and it is such a lovely way to kick start the season’s festivities. It was wonderful to have everyone’s support on the evening and see the generosity of people in Surrey is alive and well for us. The spirit of Christmas was there with us in that lovely church with the wonderful choirs, guests and readers.”