Preparations are well underway for the ninth annual Christmas at the Cathedral, a glittering celebration of Christmas preformed by some of the region’s biggest names in music, TV, comedy, sport, and entertainment.

This year, the star-studded show will once again raise funds for one of the region’s most endearing charities, The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

Sir Bobby Robson launched his Foundation in 2008 and it has gone on to raise over £16m to help find more effective ways to detect and treat cancer, working within the NHS and in partnership with other leading charities and organisations.

Part of Newcastle Hospitals Charity, the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation funds a range of cutting-edge cancer treatments and innovative cancer support services that directly benefit patients from across the North East and Cumbria and which play a significant role in the international fight against the disease.

Vital funds will be raised from the concert as a host of celebrity stars perform songs, readings, and comedy sketches while choirs will sing both traditional festive songs and Christmas Carols. The sold-out concert will take place on Thursday, December 15 at Newcastle Cathedral. The audience can expect the usual high calibre of entertainment as in previous years but as ever the lineup is a closely guarded secret.

As well as the performers and stage crew working hard to make the event a success, several kindhearted businesses have donated money, goods and services in a number of sponsorship deals.

In the Durham area, mind set coach and entrepreneur James Palmer is delighted to support the event once again. “I’m supporting The Bobby Robson Foundation because the work it does is exceptional. Bobby was such a people person, and the Foundation carries forward that North East spirit and good feeling that he epitomised.”

Michael McGarry from Barnard Castle solicitors McGarry and Co said: “I always look forward to Christmas at the Cathedral as it has become the start of Christmas to me and many, not just because it is festive and fun, but also because in a direct way, following the teachings of Christ, we can help those in need, through the trauma of Cancer. We are so fortunate that we are able to give something back through this event via the incomparable Bobby Robson Foundation.”

Also from Barnard Castle, event organiser Jonathan Wallis praised all of the sponsors for their support: “Without the help of our sponsors donating goods and services or paying for other necessities for the show we would be unable to put on such a good show. I am truly grateful and thank each and every one of them.”

Lady Elsie Robson commented: “We are so grateful to everyone supporting this wonderful Christmas event. I’m very happy to hear tickets sold out so quickly but not at all surprised. It’s a fantastic evening and always has a very special atmosphere.