Welsh classical tenor Rhys Meirion is to host a special ‘Classical Christmas Night’ to commemorate organ donors and their families.
The event at Soughton Hall Hotel, Northop, on 18th December will raise vital funds for Elen’s Fund, which Rhys set up with the North Wales NHS Charity, Awyr Las, to support organ donation in Wales, following the tragic death of his sister, Elen, in 2012.
Through her death Elen was able to bring happiness to other families when her organs went on to transform the lives of five other people, but this was only possible because Elen had discussed her organ donation wishes with her daughter, Gwenllian, prior to her accident.
The ‘Classical Christmas Night’ will feature a four course dinner, and classical Christmas carols from hosts Rhys Meirion and David Kempster, as well as performances from Rhys’ daughters, Elan and Erin Meirion.
“The Classical Christmas Night is a wonderful opportunity to get in the Christmas spirit, enjoy some wonderful music, and celebrate the importance of organ donation while raising vital funds for Cronfa Elen.”
“By giving through Cronfa Elen we can ensure that those who give the gift of life, as Elen did, are remembered for the magic that they brought to other people’s lives in their own lifetime and in giving their organs, rather than by the tragic way that they may have lost their lives.”
“Support through the charity will help fund equipment, improved facilities, education and training, research and literature to support the families of organ donors, those on the transplant waiting list, and NHS staff involved in organ donation.”
Earlier this month Wales became the first part of the UK where it will be presumed consent for organ donation has been given unless people opt out.
Health Minister Mark Drakeford said the law would give the 220 people currently on the register “hope”.
Tickets for the Classical Christmas Night cost £50 (includes 4 course meal) and are available by calling Soughton Hall on 01352 840811.