Wednesday, 10 August 2022

Spirit of Christmas concert

A CONCERT in aid of Muscular Dystrophy UK will be held in Henley on Thursday.

Spirit of Christmas, which includes carols, readings, choirs and poetry, will take place at the Christ Church Centre in Reading Road, starting at 7.30pm.

It has been organised by Matthew O’Sullivan, 28, of Lea Road, Sonning Common, and his father Peter, 58, from Gallowstree Common for the eighth year running.

Matthew was four when he was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a type of muscle-wasting disease which has become progressively worse as he has got older.

He has been in a wheelchair for most of his life.

The men have raised more than £24,000 over the years.

Mr O’Sullivan senior said: “We have had a lot of people who have been to all the concerts and each year they find it great. It’s a fun evening and a great way to kick off the festive season.

“We try to have a range of things so it’s not the same every year. It gives people an opportunity to partake and sing some carols.”

About 170 people attended last year’s concert, which featured the Aliquando Chamber Choir and a children’s choir from St Mary’s School.

The concert will be followed by a reception with wine and seasonal fare at 9pm.

For tickets, visit www.spirit

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