Christmas cheer was in the air last week as we hosted our annual Carols by Candlelight – and raised £3783.10 to help make life better for people living with cancer.

To mark the arrival of the festive season 250 people joined us at St Mary Magdalen in Bermondsey Street on 3rd December for an evening of Christmas readings and songs.

Hosted by Jonathan Dimbleby, special guest readers included actress, Annette Badland, who read The King of Christmas by Carol Ann Duffy, and former Director of BBC Radio and DCC Trustee, Helen Boaden, who read The Journey of the Magi by Godfrey Rust.

There was also carol singing from the children of Farringtons School Choir, and performances by an ensemble from Southbank International School and vocal group London Irish Voices. The Service was followed by a drinks reception and mince pies, sponsored by local firm Garrett Whitelock.

All money raised from the evening going towards our work at Guy’s Cancer Centre and the Dimbleby Macmillan Support Centre at Queen Mary’s Sidcup providing practical and psychological support for those going through cancer and their carers and family. We have also this year launched our online directory of support services Cancer Care Map.

Anette said: “Cancer is a cruel disease which most of us have been touched by either as a sufferer or the loved one of a patient. We need to do what we can to help. Dimbleby Cancer Care is driven by personal experience and the people genuinely care. That is why I am so pleased to be involved again this year”.

Robin Pritchard, Director of Dimbleby Cancer Care added: “It was wonderful to have everyone’s support this evening. It so lovely to see so many faces who come back every year and support us. The spirit of Christmas was there with us in that lovely church with the wonderful choirs, guests and readers.”