Merry Little Christmas carol concert raises thousands for Childline

Stars from the world of music, art and media were out in force this week to support the NSPCC’s ‘Merry Little Christmas Concert’.

The festive event took place at the beautiful Holy Trinity Church in Belgravia and raised over £34,000 that will help Childline be there for children in need of support this Christmas.

The event was hosted by Childline founder Dame Esther Rantzen DBE and featured performances from Irish classical soprano Margaret Keys and critically acclaimed singer and songwriter Lucy Mason.

Guests were treated to readings from actress Alison Steadman OBE, journalist Martin Bashir and renowned art dealer Philip Mould OBE.

Merry Little Christmas carol concert raises thousands for Childline
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Ely Cathedral Girls’ Choir also performed and attendees joined together to sing traditional carols.

Every Christmas there are thousands of children who get in touch with Childline because they have nowhere else to turn. Childline is the only service open to children 24/7 during the festive period.

The money raised from last night’s concert will help the service provide a vital lifeline for young people who are dealing with a number of issues, including struggles with their mental health and emotional wellbeing.

Sarah Jeffery, NSPCC Special Events Manager, said:

“It was fantastic to see so many of our supporters get into the festive spirit at our Merry Little Christmas concert last night.

“We are delighted to have raised so much money, which will help Childline be there for young people throughout the holiday season.

“We’d also like to say a huge thank you to our sponsors Cadogan and Good Housekeeping Magazine, as well as Lidl for supplying food and drink, and to the Holy Trinity Church for hosting our Christmas celebration.”

On average, a child contacts Childline every 25 seconds, with almost three-quarters of our counselling sessions with young people now taking place online. Childline became part of the NSPCC in 2006.