Wednesday, 04 August 2021

Charities receive funds raised by Living Advent

THE proceeds from last year?s Living Advent Calendar in Henley have been presented to five charities

THE proceeds from last year?s Living Advent Calendar in Henley have been presented to five charities.

The fourth annual event raised £3,350 from bucket collections held at 24 performances in December.

The money has been split between Riverside Counselling Service, the Chiltern Centre for disabled children, the Henley Regatta for the Disabled, Headway Thames Valley and Camp Mohawk, near Wargrave. Henley Mayor Martin Akehurst presented cheques to representatives of the charities at Henley town hall.

Living Advent Calendar chairman Richard Rodway said: ?We?re delighted to have been able to raise a decent sum of money for some great local causes and also to provide them with some extra exposure generally.

?They enabled us to put on each evening?s entertainment with tireless and dedicated support as well as marshalling and it was good to work with such great people.? The calendar, which was first held in 2011, takes the form of a music, dance, poetry or comedy performance, usually with a festive theme, at a variety of venues each evening from December 1 to 24.

Performers last year included Robbie Williams impersonator Marc Hockley and several choirs, singing groups, musicians, gymnasts and dancers.

On one night guests were invited to bring their dogs with them to a performance by the Henley Rock Choir in Mill Meadows.

There was also a film competition at the Regal cinema, a mini-pantomime at the Kenton Theatre and a production of A Christmas Carol performed by Henley firefighters. Higgs Group, publisher of the Henley Standard, was the main sponsor of the event.

For more information, visit www.livingadventcalendar.co.uk

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