30 December 2014
Leeds Pipe Band outside Leeds Minster
On Wednesday 17th December, Macmillan Cancer Support and The Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre hosted their second collaborative carol concert which raised an amazing sum of £3657.27.
The concert, which was held at The Leeds Minster, welcomed the return of the Leeds Pipe Band who once again braved the rain to play as guests entered the church. The Leeds Grammar School also came back for a second year with their string ensemble, as did the Minster Choir who opened with ‘Once in Royal David’s City’. Newcomers to the event included Hayley Melling, Georgia Blessit and Northern Lights; a barbershop quartet who treated the audience to three festive favourites. Readings were delivered by Julian Hartley; Chief Executive Officer at Leeds Teaching Hospitals, the Lord Mayor of Leeds and Katherine Dow Blyton who plays Emmerdale’s entertaining vicar, Harriet Finch.
The event ended on a high with the audience accompanying the Minster Choir with a rendition of the very festive ‘Ding Dong Merrily on High’ which was followed by mulled wine and mince pies.
The funds raised on the night will be split evenly between the two charities. Macmillan Cancer Support provides practical, medical and financial provision for those affected by cancer and they constantly aim to push for better cancer care. The Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre is a cancer information and support centre based at St James’s University Hospital.
This money is going to make such a huge difference to the lives of people affected by cancer. Macmillan Cancer Support and The Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre would like to thank everyone who supported this event.