Meningitis Now staff member Andy Hopkinson

It's not too late to watch our virtual Christmas concert

Andy Hopkinson | 9th December 2020

A huge thank you to everyone who contributed to our virtual Christmas carol concert, which streamed last night – and to all of you who tuned in to watch

Thank you for watching Meningitis Now's virtual Christmas carol concert

If you missed out or weren’t able to join us last evening don’t worry – you can catch up and watch at your convenience on our Virtual Carol Concert page.

Of course, we couldn’t have our normal get-together in the beautiful setting of Gloucester Cathedral this year, but our virtual concert provided the next best thing and a moving alternative.

The usual ingredients

It included all the usual ingredients – supporters poignantly and bravely telling their story, a chorister singing beautifully, highlights from previous years’ events, our president Andrew Harvey reciting ‘The Night Before Christmas’, and our joint founder Dr Jane Wells reading out a message from our Royal Patron the Countess of Wessex. And  all expertly compered by our master of ceremonies, Chief Executive Tom Nutt.

Perhaps most moving of all though was a sequence showing the white ribbons bearing the names of those lost to and impacted by meningitis.

As many of you will know these normally adorn a Christmas tree, which takes centre stage in the nave at Gloucester Cathedral. This year saw our Executive Founder Steve Dayman, who earlier had been shown writing a ribbon in memory of his son Spencer, looking at the ribbons displayed on the tree at the heart of our Remembrance Garden at our Head Office in Stroud.

Meningitis Now virtual carol concert - Steve Dayman with ribbons

Always a highlight

Our Gloucester Concert is always a highlight of our year but we think this virtual version ran it a close second and we’d love to hear what you think. Do take a look at the video if you can.

And if, when you’ve seen it, you’d like to donate to support our work saving lives and rebuilding futures this Christmas and into the next year, you can do so through our Donate page. Thank you.