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A gala charity event, held at St Marie’s Cathedral, has raised more than £35,000 for the fund to build a new cancer centre at Chesterfield Royal Hospital.

  ‘Into the Light: A Journey Through Christmas’, was held at the cathedral on the eve of advent (26 November, 2016) by the Macmillan Cancer Support North Derbyshire Fundraising Committee and featured top actors Dominic West, Jan Francis and Tom Chambers, as well as Harlequin Brass, Baslow Choir and the Kinder Children’s Choir.

  The programme included poetry, music and drama, chosen to lead the audience through the celebration of Christmas, from the Nativity itself and mediaeval choral works, through the Victorian Christmases of Dickens and our traditional carols to modern times.

  This ambitious and professional event was complemented greatly by the ambiance of St Marie’s, with the whole of the cathedral layout used in the performance.

  Organiser, Celia White said, “Thanks to the all the people who took part and who came along to the concert, it was a great success and raised a great deal of money for the appeal.

  “We were delighted to have been able to use St Marie’s for the show.  The facilities are excellent and we were looked after very well.  Many thanks to everyone involved.”

Photographs courtesy of Charlotte Cooper, Peak Media