A committed group of Ripon women who have staged carol concerts at Ripon Cathedral for Macmillan Cancer Support hope to reach a milestone target this year.
The Ripon Carol Concert Committee, which has organised five candle-lit concerts in the last six years, has so far raised £120,000 for the good cause and as plans get under way for this year’s event at the cathedral – on Monday, December 8, at 7.30pm – members hope to raise a further £30,000, taking the total raised to £150,000.
Commenting on the fundraising efforts of the committee, Macmillan area fundraiser Erin Fairley said: “We can’t thank the Ripon Carol Concert Committee enough.
“The money raised makes a huge difference as it helps fund Macmillan services, which are there to make sure no-one faces cancer alone.”
Chairman of the committee, Kate Stone, said: “We are so pleased to have raised such a landmark amount for Macmillan and want to thank all our partners –Aysgarth School, Ripon Cathedral, this year’s sponsors UBS and Knight Frank and all the local people and businesses who support the event by buying tickets and advertising in our programme.”
The concert was originally the brainchild of Lady Zetland, a previous President of Macmillan, who wanted to recreate the well-known Macmillan Guards Chapel Carol Concert in London, at a suitable Northern venue.
That was in 1996 and 18 years later the Ripon Carol Concert is now a much-talked about annual event.
Kate said: “I’m not sure whether it is the quality of the Aysgarth boys’ choir, our celebrity readers or our legendary sloe gin and mince pies that is the big draw, but whatever it is we do seem to attract a growing number of people each year.”
Tickets for this year’s carol concert are £10, £20 and £30, and are available by emailing riponcarolconcert@ yahoo.co.uk or phoning 07768 935702.
Macmillan services are funded thanks to the generosity of people making donations.