Celebrating Christmas the Willow way at St Albans Cathedral

PUBLISHED: 10:19 28 November 2014 | UPDATED: 10:19 28 November 2014

Megs Wilson at the Willow tribute tree

Megs Wilson at the Willow tribute tree

Casey Gutteridge 07525246273

An Old Hatfield-based charity is organising another festive fundraising concert at St Albans Cathedral.

Bob and Megs Wilson at Willow's annual Christmas Carol Concert held at St Albans Abbey, with music from The Hertfordshire Chorus.Bob and Megs Wilson at Willow's annual Christmas Carol Concert held at St Albans Abbey, with music from The Hertfordshire Chorus.

Tickets have gone on sale for the 15th Willow Carol Concert at The Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban, in St Albans.

Join Willow life presidents Bob and Megs Wilson on Tuesday, December 2 at 7.30pm for an unforgettable evening of music.

The concert will include musical performances from the stunning Hertfordshire Chorus and readings by charity beneficiaries and local dignitaries, followed by mulled wine and mince pies.

Willow provides special days for seriously ill 16 to 40 year olds.

The Hertfordshire Chorus will perform at Willow's annual Christmas Carol Concert held at St Albans AbbeyThe Hertfordshire Chorus will perform at Willow's annual Christmas Carol Concert held at St Albans Abbey

To date Willow has provided more than 10,800 special days for young adults living with life-threatening conditions including cancer, cystic fibrosis, motor neurone disease, organ failure and muscular dystrophy, amongst other life-threatening conditions.

The charity was founded by former Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson, and his wife Megs, in memory of their daughter Anna, who died of cancer aged just 31.

“Marking Willow’s 15th anniversary makes this year’s concert a very special occasion and we’re delighted to be returning to the beautiful cathedral,” said Bob.

“Christmas is always a great time to get together and this event is a lovely family evening.

“We’ve had so much support from the local people in Hertfordshire we would love everyone to join us for this festive event.

“Last year’s concert was a sell-out, so book your tickets now.”

Beneficiary Rachel Kierstenson, from Hertford, will be speaking about the positive impact of her Willow special day.

The city’s mayor and the High Sheriff of Hertfordshire are also attending the concert.

Last year more than 50 baubles adorned the Willow Tribute Tree in memory of loved ones.

This year, with a £5 donation to Willow, organisers will place a decoration on the tree in memory of your loved one or simply as a symbol of your support.

Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

Tickets are £13.50 adults, and £5 for under-16s. The price includes mulled wine and mince pies after the concert.

Tickets can be booked online at www.stalbanscathedral.org or by calling Willow on 01707 259777.

The carol concert is sponsored by St Albans-based company Borras Construction.

Staff at the company have been fundraising for Willow since 2008.


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