Patti Boulaye rocks ’em in the aisles at Mildmay Hospital’s Christmas bash in Spitalfields
PUBLISHED: 19:53 20 December 2017 | UPDATED: 20:04 20 December 2017
Patti Boulaye had ’em rocking in the church aisles with its A-List of showbiz celebs in the audience who turned up in London’s East End for Mildmay Hospital’s Christmas charity concert.
She was one of the stars helping the Shoreditch charity hospital raise enough to run its unique medical services into the New Year.
They included Robert Powell who starred in Jesus of Nazareth and The 39 Steps, Linda Robson from Birds of a Feather and Loose Women, Richard Arnold from Good Morning Britain, Stephanie Beacham from Dynasty and Anita Dobson from East Enders and Call the Midwife.
Last night’s concert staged at Hawkesmoor’s historic Spitalfields Christ Church was packed to its Georgian rafters, the hospital’s traditional venue for its atmospheric annual festive season fundraiser.
“We are simply blown away by how many stars lined up to support us,” Mildmay’s fundraiser Kerry Reeves-Kneip said. “We’ve reached a record £11,000 so far, including £5,000 last night alone.”
The Mildmay declared it was “probably the most Christmassy event of the year”.
The concert was funded by Genesis Housing which built its new hospital complex behind Shoreditch Church that replaced the original Victorian medical mission.
The mission opened in 1866 to tackle the cholera epidemic sweeping the packed slums of London’s East End. A purpose-built hospital opened in 1892.
The new complex opened in 2014 replacing the Victorian building is the country’s leading Aids and HIV specialist medical centre, but needs public donations to keep its unique service going.