Tuesday, 16 August 2022

Eighth Christmas charity concert raises record amount

Eighth Christmas charity concert raises record amount

ABOUT 150 people attended a Christmas charity concert in Henley that raised a record £4,100.

The Spirit of Christmas, which is now in its eighth year, was in aid of Muscular Dystrophy UK.

The concert in the Christ Church Centre included festive music, poems and readings. The Aliquando Chamber Choir, which is based in Henley, performed together with pupils from St Mary’s School in St Andrew’s Road.

Kitty Mazinsky performed Christmas songs in vintage style, including a finale of White Christmas with audience participation.

Readings were given by Mike Rowbottom, Sally Rowlandson, Ms Mazinsky, Rowena McMenamin, Julia Ashton, Ioan Harvard, Grace Plant and concert organiser Peter O’Sullivan, from Gallowstree Common.

Mr O’Sullivan’s son Matthew, 28, of Lea Road, Sonning Common, has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a genetic disorder that causes muscle degeneration and weakness.

Mr O’Sullivan said: “I was delighted to organise the event for the eighth year in a row. It was a terrific evening and, thanks to the generosity of so many people, we raised a record amount.

“This will help with the very important research into muscle-wasting conditions and, through our community fund, we will be able to help more local families with advice and financial assistance with essential equipment which will hopefully make their lives a little easier.”

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