Wear a Christmas jumper and bellow out those carols. It’s what Andy Godden would have wanted at a concert dedicated to his memory.

The event on Tuesday 17th December, called A Christmas Night, is being organised by the amateur theatre company, What We Did Next, at St Michael’s Church in Liverpool at 7.30pm. It includes carols, pop songs and readings, along with mulled wine and cake.

Donations at the door will go towards Bowel & Cancer Research as a tribute to Andy, a founding member of WWDN, who lost his battle with bowel cancer in 2018 at the age of 32.

The choir puts on a concert every year. We’ve made it bigger and better this year and we’ve especially invited people who knew Andy to come along

said his friend, and Chairperson of WWDN, Zoë Thirsk.

“Andy would have loved it – he’d be singing the bass line for sure, wearing a Christmas jumper and beaming. He had a lot of Christmas woollies, he really embraced this time of year.”

Andy, who lived in Toxteth and worked for Playstation, was diagnosed in 2016.

He became an ambassador for Bowel & Cancer Research and was keen to spread the message that early diagnosis and recognising the symptoms are crucial in saving lives. His mum Diana will be at the concert.

Regional Development Manager for Bowel & Cancer Research Maria Luisa Addarii thanked WWDN for their support. She said:

It was devastating that Andy Godden lost his battle with bowel cancer at such a young age. We are so grateful that his friends have chosen to honour his memory by raising money towards research to help ensure that no one will die of this terrible disease in future.

Anyone who wants to support WWDN can do so at https://www.bowelcancerresearch.org/fundraisers/wwdn-a-christmas-night