Bournemouth AFC manager and Julia’s House Patron Eddie Howe made a surprise appearance at our Carols by Candlelight event at Christchurch Priory.
Eddie and his son, Harry, joined fellow Patrons actress Debra Stephenson and crime writer Minette Walters. The celebrity guest line-up was completed by journalist and writer Kate Adie.
He had pledged to try and get to the concert if he could but with such a busy schedule it seemed unlikely.
Julia’s House staff and volunteers were thrilled when, just a few hours before the concert was due to start, he confirmed he would be able to make it after all.
More than 500 people attended the evening of festive readings, traditional carols and music followed by mulled wine and mince pies.
Sing Now and the Bournemouth Collegiate School Choirs provided musical entertainment alongside a mix of poetry and prose read by the celebrity guests.
There was also a reading by Justin Kline, a Parent Ambassador who raised £150,000 for Julia’s House in recognition of the care we gave his eight-year-old daughter Sophie who died of a brain tumour.
This year’s event has raised more than £13,000. Carols by Candlelight was sponsored by Holton Homes and Tesco donated the mulled wine and mince pies.
PICTURE BY JON BOLTON