CHILDLINE’S Merry Little Christmas carol concert saw over 400 guests come together at the Holy Trinity Church in Sloane Square in London for the first time in two years for a magical evening filled with carols, children’s choirs and celebrity readings.
The annual event which raised over £45,000 took place last week during #UKCharityWeek and guests who couldn’t attend the event in person were able to watch it virtually from the comfort of their own homes.
NSPCC Ambassador for Childline Natalie Dormer, Holby City star Richard Pepper, and actors Georgia Lock, Alex Jennings and Toby Jones all delivered a festive reading.
There were also video messages from TV personality Ore Oduba and TV presenter Cherry Healy and Shaun Wallace from the hit ITV game show The Chase was the online host for those who watched from home.
All the money raised from the night will go to the NSPCC’s Childline counselling service.
Sadly, Christmas is not a happy time for every child, as some may be suffering abuse whilst others may be struggling with their mental health.
Therefore, it is vital that children know that they can turn to Childline counsellors for help and support even on Christmas Day.
Natalie Dormer, NSPCC Ambassador for Childline said:
“It was an honour to be part of the Childline’s Merry Little Christmas event and support Childline this Christmas. It’s been another challenging year for everyone, and some children will still be struggling to cope with the challenges of the pandemic. I know how important the work of Childline is and it’s essential their trained volunteer counsellors can support these children who need help this Christmas.”
As well as the celebrity readings and carols, guests were also able to take part in a silent auction which included many fantastic prizes including a pair of tickets to see England vs Wales at the Six Nations.
Jessie Salomon, NSPCC Fundraising Manager said:
“Merry Little Christmas was such a magical evening and it was great to have it back in person in the church this year.
“I’d like to thank everyone who attended and everyone who helped make this fantastic evening happen, including our celebrity readers, our corporate partners Lidl GB who supplied the food and drink, our headline sponsor Lindt and our media partners Good Housekeeping magazine.
“The incredible amount of money that has been raised will ensure our Childline service can continue to be a vital listening ear for children this festive season.”
If you would like to support the NSPCC to be here for children, you can make a donation on their website at: www.nspcc.org.uk.