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Before Christmas, Worthing Assembly Hall hosted a special charity concert, which was organised by Andrew Parsons.
Headlined by Welsh singer, broadcaster and presenter, Aled Jones MBE (pictured), the event also featured performances by Britain’s Got Talent finalist, mezzo-soprano Faryl Smith; contestants of The Voice, Classical Reflection (pictured with Faryl Smith); and Worthing-based choir, The Rowland Singers.
A combination of tickets sales and a collection on the night raised £2,358 for Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice.
Event organiser, Andrew Parsons said: “I have organised several events for different charities over the last few years, and am delighted that this concert was such a success. When I heard about the way Chestnut Tree House supports local children and families, I just wanted to do something to help. All the singers gave fantastic performances, and the audience were so generous with their donations.”
Caroline Roberts-Quigley, Community Fundraiser at Chestnut Tree House said: “Events like the concert Andrew organised are vitally important to us, both in terms of increasing awareness of the charity and raising vital funds.
“It costs Chestnut Tree House over £3.5 million every year to provide its specialist care services to children with life-shortening conditions. Without the support and generosity of the local community, we simply wouldn’t be able to continue providing this care.
“The £2,358 raised will pay for a child to have a three-night break at Chestnut Tree House, where they can enjoy the hydrotherapy pool, relax in the multi-sensory room, and join in with a host of activities; as well as giving someone the chance to visit the hospice for the day for a ‘Stay and Play’ session.
“On behalf of everyone at Chestnut Tree House, I would like to thank Andrew for all his hard work, as well as all the generous supporters who attended the concert.”