Stars of ITV’s Doc Martin gather for charity Christmas concert


Popular television couple reunite for longstanding festive celebration to raise money for people with learning disabilities.

Actors Martin Clunes and Caroline Catz, who portray on-screen couple Martin Ellingham and Louisa Glasson in ITV’s Doc Martin, will be coming together for a candlelit evening of seasonal music and readings at Dorchester Abbey on December 8th 2016.

Now in its 22nd year, The Coming of Christmas is a much-loved annual concert organised by Hft, a national charity for people with learning disabilities, of which Martin is a patron.

Alongside readings from Martin and Caroline, guests will enjoy festive music performed by internationally renowned The Choir of Magdalen College, while the famous abbey will be lit up the glow of hundreds of candles. The evening will be rounded off with mince pies and hot mulled wine.

Tickets are now available to purchase and all proceeds will go towards the Bytes Size Learning Project at Hft’s service in Milton Heights, Oxfordshire. This course provides individually-designed, ‘bite size’ training modules in catering and hospitality, enabling people with learning disabilities to develop skills and qualifications so they can find supported employment within the catering sector.

Jenny Hollis, Regional Fundraising Manager for Hft, said, “Tickets have now gone on sale for this wonderful event, which will be a great way to kick-start your festive season.  Come along and help us raise much-needed funds to help Hft to continue to offer these opportunities to more people with learning disabilities throughout Oxfordshire. Our warm thanks go to Martin Clunes, Caroline Catz and The Choir of Magdalen College for giving their time in what I am sure will be another magical evening.”

Tickets are £23, including refreshments and a programme, and can be purchased by calling 0117 906 1767 or visiting www.hft.org.uk/ComingofChristmas.

Notes to editors

For further information please contact: Suzanne Fry, PR & Media Manager, on 0117 906 1755 or suzanne.fry@hft.org.uk. For media enquiries outside of office hours please call 0117 906 1697

About Hft

Hft is a national charity supporting more than 2,500 adults with learning disabilities across England to live the best life possible. Established in 1962, the charity uses its own unique Fusion Model to consistently deliver high quality, person-centred support across all its services.

Services range from supported living to residential care – from a few hours a week to 24 hours a day. Hft also helps people with learning disabilities to take part in daily activities, make friends and develop relationships and to find work.

For more information about Hft please visit www.hft.org.uk

Information about learning disabilities

A learning disability can be mild, moderate, severe or profound and is defined as having a reduced ability to:

  • Understand new or complex information
  • Learn new skills
  • Live independently

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Location: Hft South Oxfordshire & Berkshire

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