THE stars turned out in force to support a Spirit of Christmas concert at Chester Cathedral in aid of the Neuromuscular Centre based in Winsford.
Former Northwich man Matthew Kelly, whose wife Sarah set up the centre 18 years ago, was the master of ceremonies. The NMC president and former Stars in Their Eyes host read the winning entries in a children’s poetry competition.
Others taking part included Gemma Redgrave, Christopher Timothy and Trudy Goodwin.
Cheshire Youth Brass Band and the Chester Primary Schools Choir performed at the concert which was attended by 750 people and is on target to raise £30,000 for the centre.
The NMC provides training, employment, physiotherapy, hydrotherapy and support for those suffering from neuromuscular conditions.
Executive director Matthew Lanham, 46, said: “We are the only centre offering specialist services for people with neuromuscular conditions.
“Our centre costs nearly £600,000 a year to run so the concert at the cathedral is one of biggest fundraising events.
“The money raised will be spent on the upkeep of the building, transport for the centre’s patients and the general spreading of the care we provide.”