The La La Choir hosted ‘CLIC for Christmas 2016’ at Exeter Cathedral and raised a staggering £12,000 for children and young people with cancer.
The concert was appreciated by over 800 guests who thoroughly enjoyed some amazing music, incredible cakes and fantastic company.
The La La choir is made up of over 200 singers from across Devon, who combined with some very special guests to create a truly magical, festive evening.
CLIC Sargent Choir
CLIC Sargent runs a music residential week each year for young people going through cancer and from this residential, a CLIC Sargent Choir was produced and a tour was organised.
The CLIC Sargent Choir performed at the The Sage Gateshead, Bridgewater Hall in Manchester and the Royal Albert Hall in London, before heading down to Exeter Cathedral to join up the La La choir.
Each year Sam Abrahams, La La Choir Master, run’s a schools competition and this year the judges could not decide on a winner. Consequently two schools went through to perform at the remarkable Exeter Cathedral.
As a result, the La La Choir was joined by the wonderful children of Park Community School Choir and the ladies from Devonport High School for Girls Sixth Form Choir, as well as the amazing CLIC Sargent Singers. Collectively it was a recipe for a beautiful, emotional, uplifting evening.
Sam said: “I would again like to thank everyone involved. The volunteers, the performers, the crew back stage, CLIC Sargent and anyone else who lent a hand. Your help and support was invaluable. We can’t do these wonderful things without you.”
CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Jordan Anderton said: “CLIC Sargent is extremely grateful for the continuous support of the La La Choir. They work tirelessly to support not only CLIC Sargent, but many charities across Devon and Cornwall.
"The choir has now raised over £21,000 for CLIC Sargent in only two years which is simply astonishing and I cannot thank everyone involved enough for their support, hard work and generosity.”
Making a difference
This year the event raised over £12,000 for CLIC Sargent. This money could fund a room in one of CLIC Sargent’s Homes from Home for just over one year, providing free self-catering accommodation near to specialist children’s cancer treatment centres, which are often many miles from a family’s own home.
These homes save families on average £2,140 and the average stay in a CLIC Sargent Home from Home is 23 days. Therefore, thanks to the generosity of the La La Choir, this donation could fund 15 families to stay at a Home from Home, saving these families a total of £32,100.