Hundreds enjoy carols at Portsmouth Cathedral concert for Rowans Hospice

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SUPPORTERS of The Rowans Hospice gathered together for a special Christmas carol concert.

Portsmouth Cathedral in High Street, Old Portsmouth, played host to the event, which is in its second year, and more than 200 people attended.

Rowans Hospice annual carol concert at Portsmouth Cathedral

Rowans Hospice annual carol concert at Portsmouth Cathedral

Among the singers at the concert were youngsters from Mayville High School’s Junior Choir.

They sung Indian Huron Carol, Infant Holy and When a Child is Born.

Jo Allum is head of music at the Southsea-based school.

She said: ‘They are quite used to singing in front of people so they don’t get fazed as much as some people do. But they aren’t a big group so they have done well.

6/12/14    ''Rowans Hospice annual carol concert at Portsmouth Cathedral - ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (143478-4) PPP-140612-203157001

6/12/14 ''Rowans Hospice annual carol concert at Portsmouth Cathedral - ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (143478-4) PPP-140612-203157001

‘Our school has got a big connection to The Rowans Hospice because we lost two teachers last summer. They were both treated there. It’s great for the children to see other choirs singing and to take part in the whole carol service experience as well.

‘It’s lovely for us to have a connection with the cathedral.’

Other choirs to take part in the service included The Rowans Hospice Community Choir and the Havant Pitchpipers.

Hymns sung included O Come All Ye Faithful, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing and The Twelve Days Of Christmas.

6/12/14    ''Rowans Hospice annual carol concert at Portsmouth Cathedral - Mayville School Choir''Picture: Paul Jacobs (143478-6) PPP-140612-203227001

6/12/14 ''Rowans Hospice annual carol concert at Portsmouth Cathedral - Mayville School Choir''Picture: Paul Jacobs (143478-6) PPP-140612-203227001

Sophie Gunner organises fundraising events for The Rowans Hospice, which is based in Purbrook, and improves the lives of people with cancer and other life-shortening illnesses

She said: ‘This is our second Christmas concert. It worked really well last year so we decided to do it again.

‘It’s raising awareness of the hospice and it’s nice to celebrate Christmas as well.

‘We do find that we have lots of people who come to our events again and again. But we do get new people as well. It’s a lovely event and it does make a nice amount of money for the hospice.

‘It’s a way to give back as well. People come along and enjoy the evening and the carols.’

Afterwards, people were invited to buy gifts and enjoy refreshments.

The Rowans Hospice will hold its annual Light up a Life service to remember loved ones at Canoe Lake in Southsea on Friday, December 19, from 5pm to 7pm.

It includes a short service starting at 5.45pm with carols and readings, led by the hospice’s chaplain Carol Gully. Candles will be lit and then placed on Canoe Lake.

Visit rowanshospice.co.uk/form/light-up-a-life or call (023) 9223 8533.

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