Carols by Candlelight

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Carols by Candlelight

Join us for Carols by Candlelight and help make wishes come true this Christmas.

Join us for Carols by Candlelight 2021.
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Buy tickets for the online premiere, screening from 23 Dec 

On behalf of the Alice Martineau Appeal Committee, we are delighted to invite you to the nineteenth annual Carols by Candlelight, exclusive online service premiering on YouTube from Thursday 23 December, 7pm and will be available throughout the festive season.

Carols by Candlelight is held in memory of Alice Martineau, a talented singer-songwriter who sadly passed away in 2003 aged just 30.

This very special event is an important part of the festive calendar - with Jenny Agutter dubbing it "the beginning of Christmas"!

Join Jenny, David Haig and other special guests to kickstart your Christmas celebrations.

Highlights include all your favourite Christmas readings, plus performances from the wonderful Winchester College Chapel Choir, to really get you in the festive spirit.

Your virtual Carols by Candlelight ticket also gives you access to never before seen footage, which you can watch from the comfort of your own home.

Buy tickets for the online premiere, screening from 23 Dec 

It’s a matter of time

We won’t stop until everyone with CF can benefit from life-changing treatment, and can live a long and full life. Will you support us this Christmas as we race towards treatment for all?

By supporting us this Christmas, you can help fund the vital research needed to support people with CF to live long and full lives.

We are a united community - and together we can come together to accelerate change.

black and white logo, text: the Alice Martineau appeal

"It's always been our family’s hope to help make a better future for people with CF"

Alice's brother Luke has written a very special letter to you, inviting you to join us for Carols by Candlelight 2021, and explains why this is so important to their family and the wider CF community.

Read Luke's letter

Please consider giving generously this Christmas by making a donation.

By supporting our vital work, you can help to make a better future for so many people with CF and their families.

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Carols by Candlelight service at St Luke's Church Cancellation. 

Given the escalation of Covid-19 cases, it is with great sadness that the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and the Alice Martineau Appeal Committee have taken the difficult decision to cancel this year’s service at St Luke’s Church on Thursday 16 December. Please note that your ticket does include access to the online premiere, which will be screened on Thursday 23 December at 7pm. You will be sent joining details shortly. 

The decision to make Carols by Candlelight online only was a challenging one and has been made based on the advice of our medical and science advisors. Organised in memory of Alice Martineau by the Alice Martineau Appeal Committee, Carols by Candlelight remains a firm favourite for many and one of the very best ways to get into the festive spirit.

No doubt like us, this news will be extremely disappointing for those who had planned to join us at St. Luke’s Church and hear the wonderful choir and incredible line-up of readers.  While public events can still take place with additional precautions, given the rising number of Omicron cases, we felt we couldn’t proceed with an event which might pose any threat to the welfare of the cystic fibrosis community.  Our community has worked tirelessly for almost two years to stay safe against the pandemic, and we must continue to do so.  

We are aware that this decision will have a direct impact on income for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, at a time when we are working hard to grow income back to pre-Covid levels and making hard decisions on what areas of our important work to fund.

For the last nineteen years, Carols by Candlelight has supported ground-breaking research which has genuinely changed people’s lives for the better, but there is still much work to be done. New treatments coming onstream are not a cure, and sadly, will not work for everyone.  We won’t stop until everyone with CF has access to the support and treatments they need and can live a long and full life.

We are hugely grateful to everyone who has supported us by buying a ticket for the church service.  A full refund will be available if you wish. Please contact the Cystic Fibrosis Trust at or call 020 3795 2176 to arrange your refund.

We are so pleased that the service will be shown online on Thursday 23 December, premiering at 7pm and will be available throughout the festive season. This will of course include the same fantastic line up of readers and Winchester College Chapel choir singing a wonderful selection of Christmas hymns. Ticket holders for the church service will receive details of how to watch the online premiere shortly.    

If you wish to support the work of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust in other ways this Christmas, you can do so on the website, and there are also lots of other ways you can get involved this festive season.   

We wish you and your families a safe and Happy Christmas and we look forward to seeing you for the very special twentieth year of Carols by Candlelight in 2022.

Luke Martineau, Chair of the Alice Martineau Appeal Committee and Anne Shinkwin, Director of Fundraising at the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

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