A host of much loved stars turned out in force last night (13
December) to celebrate a unique Christmas Cracker event, organised
by The Prostate Cancer Charity.
The Charity helped to shake away the winter frost and raise some
Christmas cheer at Cadogan Hall, with an evening is packed with a
range of seasonal acts, including readings from BBC Countryfile's
Julia Bradbury and Eastenders' Rudolph Walker as well as Lenny
Henry's director in Othello, Barrie Rutter.
Performances on the night also included award-winning comedy duo
Max and Ivan, the Bath-based choir, Choir One, magician Paul Brown
and women's circus theatre Circo Rum Ba Ba.
Speaking of her involvement in the night, Julia Bradbury,
explains: "I wasn't quite sure what to expect with the Christmas
Cracker, but this evening has been a corker! Tonight has really
helped me and my family get into the Christmas spirit. Singing
along to The Twelve Days of Christmas gets you right into the
festive groove. We, like so many others, have been touched by
prostate cancer and I can't stress how important it is that The
Prostate Cancer Charity is there for men and their families through
such tough times."
Host for the evening will be the much loved British actor and
comedian, Tom O'Connor. He said: "The Prostate Cancer Charity's
Christmas Cracker was a great twist on the usual seasonal carol
concert. Magic, music, elves and lots of laughter, it shows that
having fun can help spread a more serious message about men's
health. Tonight we've been raising money, awareness and, at times,
the roof… a brilliant evening all round and it has been fantastic
to see so many people coming together to help us celebrate."
Reflecting of his experience of the evening, Rudolph Walker, who
treated the crowd to a reading entitled, A Politically Correct
Christmas, added: "It is fantastic to see so many people here
tonight to help The Prostate Cancer Charity's Christmas Cracker
kick the festive season off with a bang. I have really enjoyed
being part of such a unique event and I hope that as well as
enjoying the entertainment, people will help the Charity to spread
the word about this disease."
There to support the acts on the night was The Prostate Cancer
Charity's Director of Fundraising, Mark Bishop. He said: "Tonight's
Christmas Cracker event, has done a fantastic job of getting us in
the mood for the festive season. It was great to see so many people
getting involved in the evening, having a good Christmas sing-song
whilst also showing their support for the 37,000 men diagnosed with
prostate cancer each year."