Christmas Appeal launches with HUGE announcement! We have launched our annual Christmas Appeal by announcing a very special fundraiser for our charity next summer starring Ed Sheeran and the charity’s patron, Dermot O’Leary. On June 19, in the midst of his sold out 2018 UK tour, the global star will join Dermot O’Leary and friends for a night of music, fundraising and entertainment at this exclusive gala event in the iconic Irish community centre. This year, every donation of £10 or more to the appeal gets a chance to win a pair of tickets to this very special event. You can learn more and donate here. “We are hugely excited to be announcing this very special event to kick off our annual Christmas Appeal. We are deeply grateful to our patron Dermot O’Leary and our newest supporter, global superstar, Ed Sheeran for supporting our charity’s work with the Irish in London. Please donate generously.” - Sean Kennedy, CEO London Irish Centre charity. Our annual appeal raises funds for our charity's longstanding work in providing care, culture and community to the most vulnerable Irish in London. “It's a big honour for me to be patron of the LIC. I'm very proud of my Irish heritage, my parents were part of the post war generation of immigrants who came to London to find a new life, so the London Irish community is one that is very close to my heart. I'm looking forward to helping LIC both promote Irish culture and to help them with their equally important role of helping the vulnerable in the local community.” Dermot O’Leary on his patronage For most Irish people in London, Christmas is a time for family, friends and celebration. For many others, it a challenging time of loneliness, isolation and risk. Through advice, outreach, befriending and social activities, we provide essential support for those in need. This Christmas, we are asking you to support this important work by donating to the appeal. Ways to donate: Online: Click here. Text: LICC17 £10 to 70070 to donate £10. Cheque/card/cash: Call 020 7916 2222 or post to or visit 50-52 Camden Square, NW1 9XB As part of the seasonal appeal, the London Irish Centre will host a range of special events, including ‘Christmas Carols and Craic by Candlelight’ on Tuesday December 12th. This will be a warm and welcoming evening full of festive cheer, minced pies and mulled wine, followed by a magical carol concert and traditional Irish session. Tickets are £15/£10 (concession) here.