James O’Brien and Yotam Ottolenghi join Coram’s Christmas Celebration
Published: Thursday 9th December 2021
On 8 December, over 170 guests gathered in the beautiful surroundings of St Andrew’s Church in Holborn for Coram’s Christmas Celebration 2021, hosted by writer and broadcaster James O’Brien and with special guest Yotam Ottolenghi.
James O'Brien and Yotam Ottolenghi with Keegan
Guests enjoyed carols led by the choir of Trevor-Roberts School, a spoken word piece from storyteller Sef Townsend on the ‘Story of Little Amal’, the giant puppet who recently travelled 8,000km from the Syrian/Turkish border in support of refugees, as well as a poetry reading by Keegan, who was matched with his adoptive family through one of Coram’s Adoption Activity Days.
The evening also included a reading from bestselling food writer Yotam Ottolenghi. On his involvement in the event, Yotam said:
It’s an opportunity to come together and hear more about all the ways in which Coram has helped children and young people to thrive, through what has continued to be a difficult and uncertain time for many.
Family is so important in my life, and every child deserves to grow up in a safe, loving family, supported to reach their full potential. Coram’s work has never been more needed in making this happen, enabling all children to look forward to brighter futures.
Reading by Yotam Ottolenghi
St Andrew's Church is the final resting place of the charity’s founder, Thomas Coram, and Coram’s CEO, Dr Carol Homden, spoke about the work of the charity today, and the challenges faced by children and young people over the past year. Carol said: “At the heart of everything Coram does is the voice and aspirations of children. Thank you for joining us with your hearts and your compassion.”
Coram CEO, Dr Carol Homden
Host James O’Brien, a long-term supporter of Coram, spoke of “the beauty of the work Coram does” and reminded guests of the difference their support makes: “What greater impact could you have on a child’s wellbeing than ensuring they have the love and security of a family for the rest of their life?”
Host James O'Brien
The evening, which was kindly supported by Ansvar Insurance, culminated with mince pies and mulled wine, and opportunities to win prizes in the raffle. All funds raised through the event support Coram’s work in creating better life chances for children and young people.
Reading by Keegan
Sef Townsend tells the story of Little Amal
Carols led by the choir of Trevor-Roberts School
All photographs by Julia Claxton