A carol service held at Heath Street Methodist Church in Golborne has raised £870 to support patients and families at Wigan and Leigh Hospice.
For more than 20 years the church has hosted a carol service to raise funds for the charity.
On December 5 the service organised by Pauline Payne, the Chair of Trustees at the hospice, the service consisted of readings, congregational carol singing and a speech from guest speaker Chris Morley, who is a trustee and the hospice’s Honorary Treasurer.
Other readers were Monica McCahery, Senior Educator at Wigan and Leigh Hospice; Fiona Glover, St Thomas’ Scout& Guide Movement; local GP Dr. Viv Gillanders; John Shaw, Former President of the Rotary Club, Newton le Willows and Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester.
The L.G.N Community Choir sang three songs and led the singing accompanied by Shade Black, organist.
Alan Baron, Chief Executive of the hospice said: “We are so grateful to all those who attend the Heath Street Carol Service every year and to the amazing choir and all the regular contributors. The generosity of all is really humbling and every penny raised goes to supporting the hospice to continue providing its vital services. The singing of carols and the lovely reading really mark the start of Christmas for me. I also extend my thanks to Pauline for her many years of volunteering for the hospice and for organising such a wonderful evening.”
Pictured top, from left to right Chris Morley, John Shaw, Fiona Glover, Dr. Viv Gillanders, Monica McCahery, Pauline Payne and Andy Burnham.