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Carols from Chelsea 2017: celebrities gather for ICR flagship fundraising event

Jeremy Paxman, Prue Leith, William K Gorrie and  Edward Holcroft at the Carols from Chelsea 2017 event

Jeremy Paxman, Prue Leith, William K Gorrie and  Edward Holcroft at Carols from Chelsea. Credit: Doug Peters/PA Wire

Celebrities including Jeremy Paxman, Edward Holcroft and Prue Leith joined us for this year's Carols from Chelsea concert – the ICR's flagship annual social and fundraising event.

Our Christmas service – in the stunning Wren Chapel of The Royal Hospital Chelsea – is now in its 15th year and has raised over £1.5m for the ICR's cutting-edge research.

And this year's service is on target to raise more than £110,000.

The concert featured a variety of superb musical talent – including the Royal Hospital Chapel Choir, renowned tenor and Jette Parker Young Artist at The Royal Opera House Konu Kim and BBC Radio 2 Young Choristers of the Year Raphael Bellamy Plaice and Ischia Gooda.

Readings were from Edward Holcroft – who has starred in the Kingsman films and BBC television series London Spy – presenter and broadcaster Jeremy Paxman, and The Great British Bake Off's Prue Leith.

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Photos from the fantastic evening

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Prue Leith and William K Gorrie at Carols from Chelsea event Wren Chapel of The Royal Hospital Chelsea

Edward Holcroft reading at Carols from Chelsea 2017 event BBC Radio 2 Young Choristers of the Year Raphael Bellamy Plaice and Ischia Gooda at the Carols from Chelsea 2017 event

Images from the Carols from Chelsea event. Credit: Doug Peters/PA Wire

Chelsea Pensioner William K Gorrie was also a special guest and gave a reading during the service.

Attendees on the evening won a range of prizes including spa days, theatre tickets and meals at top London restaurants. Prizes were kindly donated by individuals and organisations to raise money for our research.

After the service readers mixed with 400 guests at a fabulous Laurent Perrier champagne reception in the Great Hall.

Video: Royal Hospital Chapel Choir performing Stille Nacht at the Wren Chapel of The Royal Hospital Chelsea

Invaluable support

Charlotte Orrell-Jones, Head of Events at the ICR, said:

“Thank you to all the guests at this year’s Carols from Chelsea, and to everyone who made the event a success – and in particular to the committee for their hard work in creating another successful evening.

“It is always wonderful at Christmas to come together with our supporters in the settings of the Wren Chapel of The Royal Hospital Chelsea.

“The money raised at Carols from Chelsea will go directly towards achieving our mission of making the discoveries that defeat cancer. Thank you again from all us at the ICR for your support – we couldn’t do it without you.”


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