St Mary’s at Finchley hosts multi-faith community Christmas concert to raise funds for Barnet’s NHS staff


St Mary’s at Finchley is hosting an online Community Christmas Concert on Saturday 4 December.

The Worshipful Mayor of Barnet, Cllr Alison Cornelius, thanks everyone who has donated to the Barnet NHS Thank You initiative as The Hill Group’s Christmas lights are switched on.

The Worshipful Mayor of Barnet, Cllr Alison Cornelius, thanks everyone who has donated to the Barnet NHS Thank You initiative as The Hill Group’s Christmas lights are switched on.

Organised by parish member, Emmanuel Hammond, the concert brings together performers from different faiths and backgrounds to promote unity in the community. It is the first of three planned events to raise funds for the Royal Free charity to say thank you to Barnet’s NHS staff for their outstanding support to the community during the pandemic.

Mr Hammond, who originally started the Barnet NHS Thank You fundraiser seven months ago, said: “After all the trauma of the past 18 months, hosting a programme of community events feels an appropriate way to give thanks to Barnet’s NHS for everything they have done and continue to do for us. We at St Mary’s are extremely grateful for the support we have received to make this possible, including the kind donation of lights for our Christmas tree from The Hill Group, ongoing support for Barnet NHS Thank You from Barnet Council as well as fantastic support from our local community.”

Prior to Saturday’s concert at 6pm, there will be a short ceremony, with invited guests including the Worshipful Mayor of Barnet, Cllr Alison Cornelius, to launch the event and switch on the Christmas tree lights.

Cllr Cornelius said: “It is an inspiration to see such initiatives spring up in our local community, and it is a real privilege for me to help launch the Barnet NHS Thank You Community Christmas Concert. I hope it will give everyone an opportunity to pause, enjoy the music and show gratitude for the wonderful diverse borough we live in and for Barnet’s NHS staff who continue to tirelessly dedicate their energy to protecting our health and wellbeing.”

The concert is being staged with support from St Mary’s at Finchley parish members and the local community. Hill have gifted over £3500 to cover the church’s Christmas tree lights and their installation. The lights will permanently remain on the 25m conifer tree outside the church entrance, for repeated use each year.

David Eardley, managing director for Hill, said: “We are delighted to contribute to this wonderful event and cause, celebrating the work and dedication of local NHS staff who have helped Barnet’s community through such a difficult time. We hope local people and passers-by will gain comfort from the lights of the tree, and that many will embrace the good will and festive spirit of the season through the community concert and by donating what they can to such a worthy cause.

The Community Christmas Concert is available for all to watch online from 6pm. Visit the St Mary at Finchley website to join the live stream and to donate to the Barnet NHS Thank You fundraiser:

As part of Barnet’s Winter Faiths Festival, events are taking place throughout the borough with the aim of bringing together people of all faiths and none. To find out what’s happening near you this winter, visit


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