CHOIRS from across Merseyside came together last weekend to raise £4,000 for North West Cancer Research and its Concert for a Cure Christmas celebration at St George’s Hall, Liverpool.

An audience of more than 350 guests shared the spirit of Christmas, with performances from Liverpool College Preplings Choir, Stagecoach Liverpool and Over the Water featuring The Luminelles who appeared in the BBC’s Pitch Battle in 2017.

Concert for a Cure marks the end of a year-long funding drive for the charity which has made a £1.6 million contribution to cancer research projects across the North West this year alone.

Generous guests helped raise a further £4,000 through donations and a raffle which featured prizes donated by local businesses including The Clubhouse, Liverpool ONE.

Special guests in attendance at this year’s Concert for a Cure included; the Lord Mayor of Liverpool Cllr. Christine Banks and DJ and presenter Ellie Phillips who hosted the event.

Alastair Richards, CEO, North West Cancer Research, said:

“2018 has been a significant year for the charity, as we have not only celebrated our 70thanniversary but we have continued to support unprecedented levels of cancer research here in Liverpool and across the North West.

“We have only been able to do this with the commitment and dedication of a special group of people made up of the volunteers and supporters across the region who have taken on fundraising events and challenges on our behalf.

“Thanks to their efforts we are now able to continue to support world-class cancer research through 2019 and beyond.

“Cancer remains one of the biggest killers here in Merseyside, which means that as the city’s number one funder of cancer research, we are committed to continuing to support the best research, which will lead to a better understanding of how cancer develops, earlier diagnosis and new treatments and therapies.”