The Christ Church, Spitalfields service is beautiful, singing incredible, music gorgeous and the mixture of celebrities and young NSPCC campaigners doing readings both poignant and impressive. I particularly enjoyed Jim Broadbent reciting Dylan Thomas’ A Child’s Christmas in Wales and John Hurt’s rendition of E.E.Cummings’ Little Tree.
The NSPCC’s Chief Executive Peter Wanless asks everyone to be there for children who find this a difficult time of year, rather than the celebration it should be. I think of my own son, the three daughters of a very close friend who I love dearly and my two fantastic grown up Godchildren, all looking forward to Christmas and I give thanks for the happy, fortunate lives all of them are living. What else to do? I give as generously as I can to support children who aren’t as lucky as them but it seems like a mere drop in a very thirsty ocean. At the end of the evening I am introduced to the new Director of Fundraising who I will be meeting formally next week to discuss 2014’s Gherkin Challenge for the NSPCC. Now that’s something I can make a difference with – I pledge to do everything in my power to make the fundraising stair climb the most successful ever. Watch this space!!!