Festive readings raise charity cash

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Buckingham man Chris Birch is once again raising money for charity with his festive readings this Christmas.

Since 2011, his readings have raised over £13,000 for Parkinson’s UK and local charities.

This year, Mr Birch will be reading from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and a new story, Jacob T. Marley.

On Friday, December, MrBirch returns to Beachampton Village Hall to read this alternative version of the Scrooge story, written from the perspective of Ebenezer’s partner, Jacob Marley.

The story fills in many of the gaps left by Dickens, as Marley campaigns for Scrooge’s salvation. Author Bill Bennett has kindly given permission for his book to be abridged and read to raise money for Parkinson’s UK.

This is the only reading of the story this year in the Buckingham area. It follows last year’s reading of A Christmas Carol, which raised over £400 for Parkinson’s UK.

Tickets from Di Franklin on 01908 562155 or di.franklin6@gmail.com

On Saturday, December 14, Winslow’s St Laurence Room is the venue for a reading of A Christmas Carol at 8pm, with refreshments available from 7pm. Tickets £10 from Deli Estrella, on 01296 712466.

All proceeds go to Parkinson’s UK and local charities.