‘Christmas in the City’ annual charity concert in Belfast was held last December and raised a record £10,000 for local charities Marie Curie Cancer Care and SOS Bus NI. The charity concert which is produced by local theatre company Blunt Fringe has been supported since the beginning by some of the city's key engineering and construction businesses: Arup, Farrans and Graham Construction. The concert, a festive evening of Christmas music and readings, was hosted by Dan Gordon and featured performances by the Winchester School Quiristers, Schola Cantorum and the Ulster Youth Orchestra. There were also special guest appearances from Elspeth Hanson from world-famous string quartet Bond, renowned mezzo-soprano Lucy Schaufer, and a host of local musical theatre stars including Fra Fee, Colette Lennon, Karl McGuckin and Niamh Perry.
Marie Curie provide care and support for people living with any terminal illness, and their families and have been carrying out this vital work for over 65 years.
SOS Bus NI is a charity making a real difference to children, young people and adults on the streets of Belfast during the night time economy period. It offers a unique mobile service that can be located wherever it is needed.
Anne Hannan, Partnership Manager at Marie Curie says of the partnership with the Belfast companies, “We are really pleased to receive this support from Arup, Farrans and GRAHAM Construction. The generous donation will make a big difference. Money raised from our sponsors and from ticket sales for ‘Christmas in the City’ will be used directly to care for more people with a terminal illness in the comfort of their own homes or in our Marie Curie hospice, Belfast”.
This is fast becoming an important event in the city’s Christmas calendar with all proceeds from the ticket sales going directly to local charities involved. This year's event will be held on Sunday 10th December 2017 and will hope to raise tens of thousands once again.