BBC Breakfast presenter Sally Nugent hosted Claire House Children’s Hospice’s Carols and Candles event at Christ Church in Port Sunlight on Tuesday 7 December.
The TV presenter and journalist joined Claire House families, supporters and volunteers for the charity’s annual Christmas event, which is an intimate evening of festive readings and carols performed by candlelight. The traditional carols were performed by the Vale of Clwyd Singers from North Wales and the event marked the start of the festive season for Claire House.
The event raised £6,800, enabling Claire House to continue to be there for local families this Christmas.
Event Manager Rachel Handley said, “Claire House is a lifeline to local families, and we are there to hold their hands at the toughest of times. We simply wouldn’t be able to do this without the support of the local community and it was great to see a sell-out crowd enjoying one of the first events that we’ve held in a very long time.
“Very special thanks go to Sally Nugent, who was a fantastic host, Bradshaw, Farnham & Lea, who sponsor the event, and everyone who sang and performed a reading.”
One of those readers was Leon Beswick, who receives support from Claire House after the hospice cared for his family when his younger brother Theo passed away.
Leon’s mum Steph said, “Leon attends sibling events at Claire House, which allow him to reflect on the loss of Theo and also enables him to be around other siblings who have also lost a brother or sister. Leon particularly struggles with birthdays and Christmas, but Claire House help to keep him going.”