31 October 2011
This Christmas why not enjoy one of Macmillan Cancer Support’s many festive treats - from carol concerts to celebrity stocking auctions there’s guaranteed to be an occasion to get you into the spirit of Christmas.
Keep the kids entertained with one of the most famous Santa's Grottos in the UK at an exclusive shopping morning at Harrods. Face painters, balloon artists and the world famous toy demonstrators will all be at your children's fingertips; while you have a chance to rest your feet and tuck into a complimentary breakfast in the Tree House Cafe. Shoppers will receive a 10% discount on all purchases and the kids take away their own goody bag. This perfect day out for all the family takes place on Sunday 20 November, from 9.30am until 12.30pm. Tickets are £12 single, £25 family (2 adults, 2 children).
Kick off the winter party season in style at the Macmillan Enchanted Ball taking place on Wednesday 30 November. Experience the glitz and glamour of the newly decorated Dorchester hotel, with live music and a variety of entertainment throughout the evening. Gaby Roslin will be hosting this year’s ball and Jeffrey Archer will be auctioning prizes donated by Joanna Lumley, Sienna Miller and Richard Curtis. The Enchanted Ball aims to raise over £225,000 for people affected by cancer.
Alternatively why not step back into the eighties with pop legend Rick Astley who will be performing at this years annual Macmillan Celebrity Christmas Stocking Auction, taking place on Wednesday 7 December at the Grosvenor Square JW Marriott Hotel. Other glittering celebrities involved in this year’s auction include Kevin Spacey, Denise Van Outen, Alan Carr, Dame Shirley Bassey and Arlene Phillips, whose dream stockings will be going under the hammer to help raise money for the charity. The theme this year is a ‘touch of gold’ and there will be an item of gold included in each stocking. Hosted by radio and TV presenter Neil Fox, the event aims to raise £200,000. Individual tickets are £125 whilst tables are £1250.
If a good old sing song is what you need to get you into the festive mood the Guards Chapel Carol Concert is a must and will be held on Tuesday 6 December at the stunning Wellington Barracks. The concert, one of Macmillan’s most prestigious annual events, boasts a variety of musical performances, celebrity readings and congregational carols followed by a reception. Tickets are £35 to £110 per person.
Carols by Candlelight in St Paul's Church, Knightsbridge, is another enormously popular event, taking place on Thursday 15 December. Celebrating its 21st anniversary, the concert will be hosted by Alastair Bruce and features well known carols for all to join in with, plus celebrity readings. After this magical concert, guests can enjoy a drop of King's Ginger Liqueur and delicious mini mince pies, safe in the knowledge they’re helping to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. Tickets cost £25.
Further details on all London Special Events can be found at macmillan.org/LondonSpecialEvents or by calling 020 7840 4800. Money raised will help Macmillan Cancer Support improve the lives of those affected by cancer by providing practical, medical, emotional and financial support.
For more information on Macmillan, visit macmillan.org.uk or freephone 0808 808 0000 for an information pack.
Notes for editors
Please contact the media office if you would like to attend any of these events or the opportunity to interview the celebrity attendees.
Katy Chaytor / Kate Benns
Media & PR Officers
020 7840 4903 (out of hours 07801 307068)
About Macmillan Cancer Support
Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer, providing practical, medical, emotional and financial support. Working alongside people affected by cancer, Macmillan works to improve cancer care. One in three of us will get cancer. Two million of us are living with it.
If you’re living with cancer, the good days really matter. Macmillan are there to help you have more good days. For answers, support or just a chat, visit www.macmillan.org.uk or call Macmillan on 0808 808 00 00 - one number, no matter what your question.