Industry support enables NewstrAid to host Carol Concert for a 30th year

NewstrAid, has announced that it will be hosting its 30th Christmas Carol Concert this December, thanks to support from the industry it serves.

This magical annual event will take place at St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street on Monday 5th December at 6.45pm and will be followed by drinks and mince pies at the Bridewell Foundation next door.

Neil Jagger, CEO for NewstrAid, said “When our first Carol Concert took place back in 1993, I doubt the organisers imagined that it would still be going strong 3 decades later! Despite some difficult times – not least the recent pandemic – we are delighted that this special event remains a popular and much-loved date in the industry calendar. This year’s event is only possible thanks to some fantastic support from newstrade businesses for which we are extremely grateful!

With sponsors including wholesalers, publishers and distributors, the evening will include carols and Christmas music from the famous St Bride’s Choir along with seasonal readings by colleagues from the industry and some festive refreshments. Tickets cost £20 (£14 concessions) and can be booked by emailing

Neil Jagger added, “This event brings the whole industry together to celebrate the start of the Festive season and is the perfect way to kick off Christmas whilst also helping NewstrAid to raise some money to support colleagues in need.”  

For the first time, tickets for the NewstrAid Christmas raffle will be available in advance of the event so that anyone who is unable to attend on December 5th can take part. Full details of how to buy a ticket and the prizes on offer can be found at

Businesses supporting the Christmas concert include:

Principal Sponsors: DMG Media, Reach Plc, Smiths News, Guardian News & Media, Newsprinters, News Team Group, Menzies Distribution, DC Thomson.

Event Sponsors: Seymour, Frontline, The Telegraph, Rathbones, Marketforce, FT, Newtrade Media

Supporters: Intermedia, The Fed, Willis News Distribution

The NewstrAid Carol Concert is the first of three industry events taking place in the same week in what is being hailed as the Christmas Hat-trick. Other events include the British Press Xmas Meeting on Tuesday 6th December and the ACE Christmas Lunch on Wednesday 7th December.


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About NewstrAid 

NewstrAid is a charity which aims to provide welfare for people who are, or have been, employed in the selling and distribution of newspapers and magazines in the UK and who find themselves in hardship. This includes their immediate family and dependants who are in need or in distress. The charity has been in existence for over 180 years and counts Charles Dickens amongst its presidents.