Final preparations are well underway for the 11th annual Christmas at the Cathedral, a glittering festive celebration preformed by some of the North East’s biggest names in music, TV and comedy.

The sold-out event will take place on 14 December at Newcastle Cathedral and will, once again, raise funds for our Foundation. The audience can expect the usual high calibre of entertainment as in previous years but, as ever, the lineup is a closely guarded secret.

As well as the performers and stage crew working hard to make the event a success, several kindhearted businesses have donated money, goods, and services in several sponsorship opportunities.

From Alnwick, The Real Taste of Northumberland provide deluxe handmade mince pies for VIP guests and cast for the VIP reception. Adele Johnson said: “We have supported this fantastic charity over the last few years and will continue to do so. The funds raised go towards research into cancer and helping people with this awful disease. Having lost family members and friends to cancer it is a charity very close to our hearts and we will do as much as we can to help in the search for a cure.”

From Morpeth, Keith Newman from Highlights PR has been supporting the event for seven years. “One of my favourite events of the year as it brings together a top-class night of entertainment with fundraising for such a good cause.”

Also from Morpeth, Chris Tait from Layer 7 IT Security said: “We’ve sponsored the event once again as it’s a legacy for a great man who did so much for our region and now, we all have a chance to pay a small bit back to his charity which is helping so many people.”

From North Tyneside, several businesses have pledged support. Nigel Devine from Orbis Support in North Shields is the show’s main sponsor. He said: “Orbis are honoured to sponsor this event. We are delighted to come together as part of this community event and celebrate our festive season in the spirit of inclusiveness.”

Other sponsors from North Tyneside include, Remy & Rose, Tyne Idols, Deli Round the Corner, Made to Treasure Events, Karen Goldfinch Your Business Pilot and The Low Lights Tavern.

From Newcastle, the Gainford Group who operate The Vermont Hotel and The County Hotel have also pledged their support as Area Manager Claire Flint explains: “The Gainford Group have been a proud sponsor of Christmas at the Cathedral for many years now and will continue to do so. Sir Bobby Robson was a North East legend and his Foundation keeps his legacy alive and helps so many people in their daily fight against cancer. We are honoured to play a small part in helping towards that.”

In the Durham area, mindset coach and entrepreneur James Palmer is delighted to support the event once again. “I’m supporting The Bobby Robson Foundation because the work it does is exceptional. Bobby was such a people person, and the Foundation carries forward that North East spirit and good feeling that he epitomised.”

The event is also sponsored by the event organiser, Jonathan Wallis, who runs his Chartered Surveyors business in Barnard Castle.

Lady Elsie is thrilled by all the fantastic support for the event and commented: “I’m so pleased but not at all surprised that Christmas at the Cathedral has sold out once again this year. It’s a wonderful festive event and something my family always looks forward to.

“On behalf of The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation I’d like to say how grateful we are to the generous sponsors, the organisers, performers and, of course, to everyone kind enough to buy a ticket for the night. I’m very much looking forward to it.”

All photos by The Bigger Picture Agency.