City Hall in Newcastle played host to the 33rd Annual Carol Concert for CLIC Sargent.
For the first time the Newcastle Combined Hospitals Choir, New Tyneside Orchestra and Senior Choir of Kings Priory Academy were joined by The Northern Doctors Chorus and The Choir of Highfield Middle School in Prudhoe.
Highfield Middle School supported the event because it currently has two children at the school who have been supported by CLIC Sargent through their treatment.
One of those children is Katie. Katie’s dad Alan said: “No parent can be fully prepared for news regarding an illness to a child, which was very much the case for us.
"When Katie was diagnosed this year all rational thought on anything other than Katie was a non starter and this is where CLIC Sargent came in.
"This support was and is invaluable in helping us to navigate along a journey we were not prepared for. Mine and my family’s thanks and gratitude go out to all at CLIC Sargent.”
This year’s event was in tribute to the late Stephen Pettitt who died earlier this year. Stephen was the main organiser and conductor of the event for 32 years and is sadly missed.
In recognition of all the great work Stephen did for the charity, CLIC Sargent has had a gold leaf, the highest accolade, produced with his name on for the Donor Tree in Paul’s House, our Home from Home in London.
Over the years the concert has raised more than £200,000 for CLIC Sargent thanks to Stephen
CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Dee Tyler said: “I think it’s an incredible achievement for the committee that the event even went ahead this year given Stephen’s passing. They worked so hard to pull it all together and it really paid off.
"It was a truly fitting tribute to a wonderful man. I want to thank everyone for their time and effort especially Eunice Cockburn, Mavis Harris and Malcolm Moffat.”
In order for the event to continue we are desperately looking for people to help out with the organising and we are also looking for a new venue. If you are able to help please contact CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Dee Tyler on 07767 621 705 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org