Celebrating Christmas the Willow way

Join Willow Life Presidents Bob and Megs Wilson, on Tuesday 5 December at 7.30pm for an unforgettable festive evening at the charity’s annual Willow Carol Concert at The Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban, St Albans.

The evening will include musical performances from the talented Hertfordshire Chorus, Bishop’s Hatfield Girls’ School Choir and readings by charity beneficiaries and local dignitaries, followed by wine and mince pies. Beneficiary Jackie Scully will share her Special Day story.

After a marriage proposal on Christmas Day 2013, Jackie was on top of the world, just three weeks later she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer aged 32.   After months of surgery, gruelling chemotherapy and radiotherapy, Jackie and her fiancé, Duncan, were sent on the Orient Express by Willow for some much needed time out from the treatment and constant trips to hospital. 

“Willow changes lives, not just days. When you’re faced with a serious illness, you have no option but to fight. This amazing charity recognises that while surgery, drugs and hospitals are an important part of that fight, so too, is the chance to laugh, love and be reminded of what it is you’re fighting for. That one day showed us just how important it is to make every day count,” says Jackie.

Last year more than 60 baubles adorned the Willow Tribute Tree in memory of loved ones. With a £5 donation to Willow a decoration will be placed on the tree in memory of a loved one or simply as a symbol of support. 

Willow Life President, Bob Wilson said: "The Carol Concert is very close to our hearts, returning for its 18th year.  A special evening where family and friends come together – just like Willow’s Special Days.  We look forward to welcoming our loyal supporters year after year, and new supporters alike.  Last year’s concert was a sell-out so book your tickets now!"

Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Tickets are priced from £6 to £16 depending on view availability and include a glass of wine and mince pie. All tickets can be booked through the Cathedral box office:   To purchase a Tribute Tree bauble telephone 01707 259777.

The Willow 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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