Christmas carol concert helps raise funds for hospice

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Picture: Noel Kelleway presents a cheque to Martin Palmer from the Burned Children’s Club

Basildon-based solicitors Palmers and chartered accountants Rickard Keen have helped raise cash for a local hospice through a Carol Concert.

The festive concert was held on 11 December at St Martin of Tours Church, St Martin’s Square, Basildon and led by the Southend Brass Band who were also joined by representatives of Southend Young Singers.

The concert was held in aid of St Luke’s Hospice and was attended by approximately 150 people including the Mayor of Basildon Borough, Councillor Mo Larkin.

Supported by local businesses including Essex Insurance Brokers, Hannahs, Glenny, Rawley Hire, Toomey Motor Group and The Finishing Line, the concert raised £860 from sponsors and £393.96 from contributions on the night.

A donation, including any further sums raised during the year will be made to St Luke’s at next year’s concert.

Meanwhile on the night, Noel Kelleway, partner at Rickard Keen presented a cheque for £850 to Martin Palmer, representing The Burned Children’s Club, the charity supported by last year’s concert.

Chris Mowat, partner at Palmers, said: “It was a fantastic evening and really got people into the festive mood. We were delighted to raise so much money for what is an extremely worthwhile cause.

“Serving the local community, St Luke’s Hospice provides specialist care for people with terminal illnesses in a warm and comfortable environment.”