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Cheshire residents invited to sing to beat blood cancer at Christmas carol concert

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08 Dec 2010

Cheshire residents are invited to warm up their vocal cords and continue the count down to Christmas at a Gospel Carol Concert on Friday 17 December, held in support of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.

Fundraisers from across the region are asking their communities to join them as they attempt to raise the roof of Chester Cathedral and, as much money as possible to continue the charity’s lifesaving research into better treatments and cures for all blood cancers – including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.

The festive celebration, which begins at 7:30pm, promises to be far from a ‘Silent Night’ thanks to the Manchester Gospel Choir. Together with accompanist Jonathan Ellis, the choir, who sang at the opening of the Commonwealth Games in 2002, will lead the congregation through classic carols throughout the concert, which will also include traditional readings.

The Rt Revd Dr Peter Forster, the Bishop of Chester, will give the final reading of the evening and has personal reasons for supporting the charity’s groundbreaking research into blood cancers.

Revd Peter Forster says:" My brother-in-law has been treated successfully for leukaemia, through two bone marrow transplants. He is a living example of the success of treatment of leukaemia in recent years, which now needs to be extended to everyone who suffers from leukaemia."

Gillian Edwards, Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research Regional Fundraiser for the North of England and North Wales, says: "Our Gospel Carol Concert is the perfect way to get in the mood for Christmas and everyone is welcome, so come down and join us! Whether you’re in good voice or just want to enjoy the brilliant Manchester Gospel Choir, your support will help Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research get closer to a cure for all blood cancers."

Tickets for the concert are priced at £15, and £12 for restricted view, and are available from the cathedral box office on 01244 500959 or online at Both prices include mince pies and mulled wine to help keep out the cold.

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