06.12.2018 The song which starts 'The weather outside is frightful....' seems truer than ever right now, but so does the good news... As Christmas approaches the Charity has had some wonderful support from our corporate friends and partners, that I would like to share in my blog. You will have heard - I am pretty sure - about our fantastic 100 Hearts event which will be happening on Wednesday 13 February at the London Palladium. This is when some of the best-loved names in comedy will come and give their time and talent to support our two amazing hospitals by performing in one of London's largest and most iconic theatres. Because the stars are giving their time for free, this event was always going to make a good sum for our Charity to pass on to buy equipment and support patients. But the generosity doesn't stop there... I would like to take this opportunity to thank the many corporate supporters who have come forward to sponsor this event, raising over £60k which means that every possible £ this event might have cost, has already been covered. So now, every ticket, programme, donation, will go directly to the Charity to pass on to the hospitals. That is a wonderful incentive alongside the promise of a fantastic evening's entertainment to come and support the Charity and buy a ticket if you have not already done so. We are feeling warm and cosy at the Charity because we are putting the finishing touches to our two lovely Carol Concerts. Both are candlelit celebrations of Christmas but beyond that, they are quite different. First, we have our Harefield Carol Concert at St Mary's Harefield on Thursday 13 December. I love this Carol Concert because it is full of children singing and playing their instruments - and, needless to say, the children are pretty excited. St Mary's is like a warm coat as soon as you enter it. It is so lovely to see our fantastic volunteers supporting the Charity, selling Christmas cards and other goodies and afterwards there's a warm cup of mulled wine. St Luke's is also wonderful but it is a splendid, stunning Church which could seat up to 800 people with its galleries and alcoves. Here we have choirs and musicians, and Felicity Kendal, Anne-Marie Minhall and Huw Collins as our readers alongside our colleagues and our sponsor, Savills. At this Concert - on Tuesday 18 December, you enter an awe-inspiring Church - every bit as special as St Mary's but in a very different way. But warmth is never far away and, like St Mary's, there's delicious mulled wine and mince pies for after the Concert. Do come and join us - we would love to see you there.