20 December 2019

Stars cuddle up to donkeys at Brooke Christmas Carol Service

Jan Leeming and Alastair Stewart. All photos courtesy of Jonathan Birch Photography.

Brooke Patron and newscaster Alastair Stewart, comedian Rory Bremner, presenter Jan Leeming and theatre star Jodie Prenger attended Brooke’s second annual Christmas Carol Service at the Old Royal Naval College Chapel in Greenwich on Tuesday 17 December.

Rory Bremner and donkeys

Guests attending the service were met at the entrance by two donkeys from the Donkey Breed Society, named Pixie and Mary Poppins; a reminder of the 100 million donkeys, horses and mules working around the world today.

The service, which raised almost £20,000, included well known carols and readings by Alastair, Rory, Jan and Jodie, plus a special solo performance by classical singer Millie Underwood.

Following the service, VIP guests were invited down to the chapel’s undercroft, where they heard from Alastair, Brooke CEO Petra Ingram and the chapel’s Reverend Patricia Mann, who gave a brief history of the building dating back to its initial design by Sir Christopher Wren.

Proceeds from the afternoon will go towards Brooke’s work around the world, making sustainable improvements to the lives of working horses, donkeys and mules, and the people who depend on them.

Jodie Prenger and donkeys

Rory Bremner delivers his reading

Millie Underwood performs