The performances this year, to a sold-out audience, started the festive season with a bang with a selection of Christmas favourites, old and new.
La La Choirs were joined on stage by the winning choir from their Devon Schools Choir Competition, Kingsley School from Bideford, as well as the CLIC Sargent singers; a group of young people who have all been CLIC Sargent service users and have taken part in the music programme.
Through ticket sales and generous donations on the night, sponsorship from local businesses, plus crucial support and backing from Santander, the evening raised £17,027 for CLIC Sargent.
Sam Abrahams from La La Choir said: “Each year the CLIC for Christmas concert gets better and better and we are absolutely over the moon with the amount of money we managed to raise.
"We were very fortunate this year to have secured headline sponsors, Apple Taxis, whose support was invaluable and helped us achieve our target.
"We are also thrilled to announce that they have agreed to be headline sponsors once again and we look forward to working with them again this year.
"Once again, my thanks also goes to the staff of the Exmouth branch of Santander who helped run one of the refreshment stands and managed to secure generous match funding.
"Fortunately, Santander have also signed up again for another year and we are already well into the planning for ‘CLIC for Christmas’ 2018 which will be on 14 December.”
Steve Screech, General Manager for Apple Taxis, said: “We were delighted to work with La La Choirs to raise money for CLIC Sargent - a superb charity which needs all of our support.
"The concert at Christmas rounded off a great year of being associated with La La Choirs and we enjoyed it so much we are doing exactly the same again this year."
"We at Apple Taxis promote ourselves at being at the 'core of the local community' and with La La Choirs' help we were able to sing this from the rooftop of Exeter Cathedral!
"Our relationship with the La La Choir has grown and grown and we are looking forward to another year of working with them and CLIC Sargent."
Sam Abrahams, La La Choir Master 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, magnificent support that the La La Choir continues to show.
"They work tirelessly to support young lives against cancer and the money they have raised has already made a huge difference to the young people CLIC Sargent support."
"To raise over £17,000 in one evening is absolutely incredible. The La La choir, Kingsley School and the very emotional CLIC Sargent Singers put on a show that many will remember for years to come.
"In return the audience were incredibly generous. I would once again like to thank Sam and Claire for the countless hours of hard work that you put into making this event happen and to every singer and audience member for making it such a magical evening.”
Making a difference
A cancer diagnosis means normal life stops for the child or young person, and their family. Treatment is gruelling and often happens many miles from home. Travelling for treatment is exhausting and expensive.
CLIC Sargent provides these families with access to our Homes from Home programme, to help reduce the financial, emotional and practical burden of a young person’s cancer diagnosis.
Through the provision of free, self-catering, homely accommodation for families just a short walk from the treatment centres, families are able to spend time together, as well as be in close proximity to the hospital – not having to journey to and from home which, for so many families, can be several hours away.
The money that the La La choir has raised could fund a room in CLIC Sargent Home from Home for nearly 18 months.
CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Jordan Anderton continues: “These homes from homes save each family on average £2,100. The money that the La La Choir has raised is truly life changing for the families CLIC Sargent support.”
We are pleased to announce that the La La Choir ‘CLIC for Christmas’ will once again take place this year on Friday 14 December at the magnificent Exeter Cathedral.
To find out more and to keep an eye out for tickets, please visit La La Choir's official website.