On Tuesday 17th December Hospice in the Weald held the first Carols at Christmas at Tonbridge School, hosted by TV’s Strictly Come Dancing judge and Kent resident Len Goodman.
Len welcomed the 650-plus guests to St Augustine’s Chapel, including supporters, sponsors, trustees, patrons, staff and volunteers of the Hospice, to the sell-out festive gathering, saying he was proud to call himself a supporter of Hospice in the Weald as well as taking the opportunity to thank the evening’s guest choirs – the Senior Boys Choir from Skinners’ School and the choir from Claremont Primary – and revealing that the event was being live streamed to the 15 beds at the Hospice in Pembury as well as the newly-opened Cottage Hospice at Five Ashes – “so sing loudly!”.
Readings and carols – both traditional and contemporary – were interspersed by moving performances from the choirs and a rendition of The Little Road to Bethlehem by George Thomas, Year 10 student at The Skinners’ School.
The evening was rounded off with mince pies and mulled wine – and the opportunity for many of the younger guests and choirs members to meet Len.
The Carols at Christmas at the Chapel marked the first collaboration in the Hospice in the Weald’s partnership with Tonbridge School which in 2020 will see a series of events to mark the Hospice’s 40 years of care, including Art of the Weald. As part of the partnership, Tonbridge boys will take on a variety of roles at the Hospice, where they will gain valuable skills and experience, from learning about end of life care to being involved in retail operations in the charity shops.
Fundraising donations from this event will enable the Hospice to be there, now and in the future, to continue to offer care completely free of charge to those in our community who most need it.
Photo: Rose Bainbridge Photography