Concert will pay for life-saving devices

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School orchestras and choirs will bring the Christmas spirit to Aylesbury with a festive concert in aid of Stoke Mandeville Hospital.

Children from The Mandeville and Cottesloe senior schools and Overstone Primary School will perform at the parish church of St Mary’s on the evening of Thursday, December 6 alongside singer Sophie Thurman.

The concert has been organised by The Friends of Stoke Mandeville Hospital who are raising money for the endoscopy department.

Secretary Andrew Pain, who lives in Whitchurch, said: “The children know Stoke Mandeville is their local hospital and they want to help us to raise money for our appeal. We are currently trying to buy scope guides to make it easier to detect bowel cancer.”

Neil Quigley, a presenter at Stoke Mandeville Hospital radio, will help to lead the concert and seasonal readings will be given by the chief executive of the healthcare trust, a patient and clinician from the endoscopy department and the chairman of The Friends.

Mince pies and mulled wine will be served at the end of the concert.

Tickets can be purchased in advance via but will also be available on the door on the night.