Abbey concert raises charity cash

Oxford Mail: Erin Hughes, soprano soloist Erin Hughes, soprano soloist

MORE than £1,000 has been raised for charity after crowds packed Dorchester Abbey for the annual Christmas carol concert.

About 200 people attended the concert at Dorchester Abbey raising money for fostering and adoption charity Parents And Children Together (PACT), which opened its Oxford base in Watlington Road in July.

A children’s tea party with mince pies and drinks kicked off the celebrations before the concert with classic Christmas carols.

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Nadia Weisz


Nadia Weisz, five, said: “I really really enjoyed playing with my friends in the abbey at tea-time.”

Mum Ruth Wells, 40, from Dorchester-on-Thames said of Sunday’s event: “It was lovely. It made us feel really Christmassy and raised lots of money.

“PACT is an important charity for me because my family adopted my brother when I was younger and I know they support families who adopt.”

The money raised will go towards therapeutic support services for adopted and fostered children.

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Jan Fishwick


PACT chief executive Jan Fishwick said: “We were delighted to see so many PACT supporters and families.”

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The audience was also treated to performances by the Abbey Choir, eight-piece harmony group Two A Part and singer Erin Hughes.

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Carys Sadler


Six-year-old Carys Sadler said: “I liked the singing and holding the candles because the flames were really big.”


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