The Believe and Achieve Trust to bring Tameside together for special Christmas carol service
Monday 3rd December 2018 @ 11:18 by Lauren Entwistle
Ashton Community Tameside

As Christmas is often a time where people reflect and celebrate those who sadly can’t be with us, The Believe and Achieve Trust is bringing a bit of light to Tameside with a very special event.

Their “Light This Christmas” service, which will be at Albion Church tomorrow (4th December) hopes to bring together the local community to celebrate the lives of their loved ones – or simply mark getting through a difficult year.

This “carol concert with a difference” is in aid of the Believe and Achieve Trust, which was set up to continue the work of Alex Williams.

He spent his life tirelessly volunteering and raising awareness of meningitis – a condition he contracted aged seven that left him in a wheelchair with many other after-effects.

Alex was also a sports ambassador for Tameside and the Meningitis Trust’s first-ever Young Ambassador, and even carried the Olympic torch.

He sadly passed away in August 2012.

The Trust, set up by his family two years later aims to improve the physical and mental health of children and young people in Greater Manchester who are facing challenges because of meningitis, disability or their personal situation.

Believe and Achieve works by directly supporting children with grants to allow them access to specialist aids and equipment, or take part in an activity of their choice.

Alison Williams, the CEO of the Trust and Alex’s proud Mum, says the concert will be a happy, uplifting night that she hopes will bring the local community together.

She said: “It’s a very special service where the people of Tameside and beyond come together to celebrate the lives of our loved ones. This might be a loved one that has passed away or those who have had a rough year but have come out the other side. It’s basically a celebration.

“It’s a very happy and uplifting night, with performances from some great entertainers singing carols and Christmas songs – but there will be a moment of reflection where the church lights go down and candles will be lit.”

The night will be hosted by actress Julie Hesmondaulgh, who is the Trust’s patron and a friend of Alex’s, alongside a song sung by two of Believe and Achieve’s Young Ambassadors.

Grace, 10, and Lucas, 9 – both from Ashton – have been doing their bit to raise money for the charity, with Lucas taking on the Manchester Run, selling Christmas cards, holding a sponsored silence and devising a “donate your old clothes” drive, racking up 17 bags to be exchanged for cash.

Grace has also been using her school holidays to cycle an impressive 100 miles in the hopes of raising £100, but has already earned £400.

Their selfless fundraising efforts have already been put towards a specialist bike made for a little boy who wouldn’t be able to cycle otherwise.

The Believe and Achieve Trust’s “Light This Christmas” event will be at Albion Church in Ashton-Under-Lyne on the 4th December from 7pm.

Tickets are £5 for adults and only £1 for children, which include a mince pie and mulled wine.

To get them you can call: 07802 884 494 or go to http://believeandachieve.org.uk/ for more information on the Trust.