A Christmas Carol Marathon: raising funds for Hospice UK

by Jared Smith
Upon hearing that many of the usual fundraising marathons for UK Hospices have had to be cancelled due to the pandemic, Brian Oxberry wanted to help and came up with the idea of performing his own personal marathon: performing ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens 100 times in 26.1 days.

Brian is the Chairman of The Charles Dickens Malton Society and has performed ‘A Christmas Carol’ before in support of St. Leonards Hospice (in York) and Martin House Children’s Hospice (in Wetherby). He was also delighted to perform in Scrooge’s actual office last December.

Regarding his upcoming ‘marathon,’ Brian says:

I can no longer run the marathon course of 26.1 miles as I am 86 years old but I thought of a different marathon which I believe is within my capability. Beginning on Monday 23rd November I will attempt to perform ‘A Christmas Carol’ 100 times in 26.1 days, my last performance being on Saturday, 19th December.”

Performances are currently due to take place in the Residents Lounge at Field Court in York. If restrictions ease further and guests are allowed in the building, then tickets will be available via contacting Brian directly at dickenschristmascarol1843@gmail.com. But Brain hopes to be able to live stream some of his performances anyway.

More details will follow on his Just Giving page: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/brian-oxberry?. Please show your support as the hospices are in desperate need of donations in order to keep functioning.

For any enquires in relation to this event, please feel free to contact Brian via email (above).

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