A Christmas Story hits all the right notes

St Elisabeth’s Church, Reddish opened its doors for a very special service of celebration for Francis House Children’s Hospice.

For the first time, this iconic church was the venue for a wonderful seasonal event which featured Christmas music, carols and readings, attended by friends and supporters of Francis House, families and members of the local community.

Hosted by Rev Angie Stanton, and with the Choir of St Elisabeth’s, Stockport Schools Brass Band, the Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, Mr Warren J. Smith, JP, and well known personalities from the world of entertainment including BBC Radio Manchester Presenter, Chelsea Norris, the evening had all the right ingredients to make it the perfect start to the Christmas season. 

Music and singing

Welcomed by Revd David Ireland, Chief Executive of Francis House, the audience enjoyed the opportunity to join in the singing of a selection of well-known Christmas carols, as well as listening to the choir and musicians of St Elisabeth’s as they provided seasonal music by candlelight. 

No Christmas carol service would be complete without the sound of a brass band with a selection of music for the start of the evening provided by the incredibly talented Stockport Schools Brass Band, under the direction of their Conductor and Musical Director. The event was rounded off with mulled wine and mince pies.

Whilst entry to the event was free, guests were invited to support the work of Francis House with a donation on the night which resulted in a fantastic £3,000 raised for the hospice.

An annual event

With such a good response “A Christmas Story” will become an annual feature in the Francis House calendar, providing everyone with the opportunity to be part of a spectacular evening of music which truly reflects the special atmosphere of Christmas.

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