A village community in Lichfield has organised a family carol concert to remember those who have lost loved ones this year.
Members of the public are invited to bring a candle to the outdoor concert which will take place from 4.30pm on Fradley Village Green opposite the Village Hall this Saturday (December 21).
Mulled wine, mince pies and sweets will be provided ahead of the carol service which will be lead by Fradley Community Choir.
The concert is dedicated to five year old Violet Mornington and 32-year-old mum-of-two Katie Scarbrough – both from Fradley – who died earlier this year.
Violet died of a rare blood disorder – Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) – in July, just seven weeks after falling ill with what her parents thought was just a cold.
The news shocked the community, which was still mourning the death of local mum Katie Scarbrough who lost her fight with bowel cancer in May. Violet and Katie’s daughter Sophie were in the same class at St Stephen’s Primary School in Fradley.
One of the concert organisers, Debbie Masters, who works at Fradley’s Animal Crackers Nursery, said: “The whole community have really come together to make this happen and let the families of these two very special people know that we are thinking of them at this difficult time.
“Although this concert is a tribute to Katie and Violet, we want to remember everyone who has lost a loved one in 2013.”
Organisers will be collecting donated Christmas presents for Birmingham Children’s Hospital on the night. Anyone who can donate is asked to bring along an unwrapped gift for a child over the age of ten, which will be taken straight to the hospital after the service.
A host of local businesses and community groups have supported the event by providing mince pies, mulled wine and sweets for the children.
They include Alrewas Hayes, The Round Table, St George’s Park the Co-Op and the Friends of St Stephen’s group.
Co-organiser Natalie Cox, a mum of four from Fradley, said: “This is a beautiful way to remember two very special individuals who are missed dearly within our community.
“We’ve been very humbled by the generosity of local groups and we hope that lots of local families will come along with a candle and support us.”