DELIGHTED: Christmas in the Cathedral organiser Jonathan Wallis with, from left, Lady Elsie Robson, producer Ray Laidlaw and Barnard Castle solicitor Michael McGarry
DELIGHTED: Christmas in the Cathedral organiser Jonathan Wallis with, from left, Lady Elsie Robson, producer Ray Laidlaw and Barnard Castle solicitor Michael McGarry

A DALE businessman is delighted a glittering Christmas concert with some of the region’s biggest names in music, television, sport and entertainment helped raise much needed funds for charity.

Jonathan Wallis, who runs a chartered surveying practice in Barnard Castle, helped organise Christmas in the Cathedral in Newcastle on Thursday, December 13, to a sellout crowd in aid of the The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation. It is the seventh year the concert, which featured a range of songs, reading, comedy sketches as well as traditional festive carols, has taken place. The final total raised won’t be known until the new year. Mr Wallis said: “It brings everyone together to celebrate and give whatever they can. The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation funds projects within the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that directly benefit cancer patients from across North East England and

Cumbria and which also contribute significantly to international research into the disease.”

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Among those performing were Jason Cook, Steffen Peddie, Charlie Hardwick, The Caffreys, Melissa Cavanagh, The Swing Bridge Singers, Chelsea Halfpenny, Paul Smith and Rachel Unthank.

Businesses also donated money, goods and services to ensure the event was a success. Among them were Andrew Colling, director of D and A Colling Electrical Services Ltd, in Middleton-in Teesdale, and Barnard Castle solicitor Michael McGarry.

Mr McGarry said: “Supporting this is a way of making sure that if cancer strikes then the right help is available for those in need.”