Three hundred guests attended the Carols by Candelight event, and were treated to wonderful performances from the NI Bar Library choir, Glenveagh Special School, Grosvenor Grammar School senior choir, and a Christmas flute medley by Ami Ogilby.
Ami, who was previously a pupil at Rostulla Special School Jordanstown, now attends Belfast Metropolitan College and was a NI Young Musician of the Year finalist in 2008 and 2009.
After the performances guests bid in a silent auction for seven uniquely decorated Christmas trees. Each tree was generously sponsored and designed by:
- CMPR - ‘fashion week' tree
- Courtney & Nelson - ‘The Candy Tree'
- The Fitzwilliam Hotel
- House of Fraser
- Khara Pringle -"Photographic" tree
- Mencap's Segal House Nursery - to mark the nursery's 40th Anniversary, sponsored by Resource and decorated by children who attend the nursery
- Wine Inns - ‘miniatures' tree
The magical surroundings and high calibre performances ensured our inaugural Carols by Candlelight was a truly memorable and successful fundraising evening for everyone involved.
Suzy McIlveen, Mencap regional fundraising manager
The event was held in partnership with the charity committee of the Bar Library and raised over £10,000, which will help Mencap in Northern Ireland's work supporting people with a learning disability, their families and carers.
A special thank you also goes to all the businesses that supported this event, in particular Fraser Houses, BDO, Marsh, Courtney and Nelson and the DX Group.
Who to contact
To find out more about Carols by Candlelight and other events in Northern Ireland, please contact:
Telephone: 028 9069 0151
Photos courtesy of The Big Picture Studio