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Chester businesses unite for carol-singing festive fundraiser

8th January, 2020

Grosvenor Courtyard in Chester transformed into a Christmas wonderland as festive light displays were switched on for an evening of carols, mulled wine and mince pies


Law firm Aaron & Partners joined forces with neighbouring bennettbrooks chartered accountants and Savills to host ‘Carols in the Courtyard’ in aid of Grosvenor Rowing Club Roof Restoration Fund and Chester and West Cheshire Food Bank

Three Chester-based businesses have kicked off the Christmas celebrations in style after hosting a festive-filled evening with live music and food in aid of two local charities.

‘Carols in the Courtyard’ was held at Grosvenor Courtyard, home to leading law firm Aaron & Partners, which organised the event in collaboration with neighbouring businesses; chartered accountants bennettbrooks and property advisers, Savills.

Guests included The Deputy Lord Mayor and Deputy Lady Mayoress of Chester who were treated to mulled wine and mince pies, followed by a communal rendition of seasonal carols led by a choir made up of volunteers from the companies involved and accompanied by the City of Chester Brass Band.

The three host firms held a competition to decide which was the best-dressed window, with teams from each company showcasing their Christmas decoration displays. The competition was judged by Deputy Mayor Martin Delaney and Deputy Mayoress Carol Berry who crowned a winner from each.

“We’re proud to be part of such an engaged and collaborative business community in Chester,” said Nick Clarke, Senior Partner at Aaron & Partners. “It was wonderful to see people get out of the office and come together for such a fun and festive event, which has really kickstarted the holiday season in this part of the city centre for us.”

“It was a fantastic way to support two deserving local charities too, with whom we’ve worked with over the year. It’s important for us as a local business to support the community in which we work and are part of, especially at this time of year.”

During the evening, fundraising took place in aid of the Grosvenor Rowing Club Roof Restoration Fund and guests were encouraged to bring non-perishable food donations to support the Chester and West Cheshire Food Bank through the winter months.

The Alchemist of Chester also brought along a mobile bar, offering mini-cocktail-tasters in exchange for cash donations to the Food Bank, raising over £120 on the night.

Mary Tierney, Head of Tax at top 50+50 firm of chartered accountants bennettbrooks said: “We were delighted to co-host this social event and bring together many of our clients and colleagues in a less formal setting. We felt there was no better occasion to do this than Christmas.”

Chester office director, Claire Hills added: “The evening was a huge success and we’re thankful for the support we received from both Aaron & Partners and Savills in organising this event. We also had incredible support from several local businesses with Grosvenor Rowing Club providing a lovely selection of hot drinks, and The Alchemist supplying festive-themed cocktails.”

David Gale-Hasleham, Director at Savills explained: “We’ve created something really special with Carols in the Courtyard and I hope that everyone who attended it enjoyed the festivities as much as we did.

“Both the choir and the brass band were superb and performed all the festive favourites – I really can’t think of a better way to get the Christmas countdown underway. The challenge for all of us now is to try and organise something even better for next year!”

Judith Kenyon, Event Director at JayKay Events was also a key part of the team tasked with bringing the magical evening to life, working closely with everyone involved.


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