Concert tribute keeps brave Coedpoeth woman's memory alive

Published date: 12 February 2014 |
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A CONCERT is to be held in memory of a young mum who raised more than £30,000 while suffering a terminal illness.

The family of Vikki Purslow (nee Jones) of Coedpoeth, are organising a concert in her memory which will take place at St Chad’s Church in Shrewsbury on Saturday, March 22 at 7.30pm.

The event will feature the Fron Male Voice Choir, soprano Virginia Peaceful and violinist Anna Brakel.

Vikki died on September 13, 2010, aged 27, following a short illness after being diagnosed with cancer in the liver, neck, chest and digestive system.

Vikki’s grandfather Dave Jones says the family hope to raise as much money as possible.

He said: “The family occasionally organise the concert and it is a nice way to keep her memory alive.

“It is fitting tribute because Vikki loved her music and taught violin.

“Virginia Peaceful is planning on performing some World War One songs, and there will be one or two popular songs as well.”

Vikki raised more than £33,000 for three different charities after being diagnosed with terminal cancer, with her fundraising efforts including included a walk up Snowdon.

Vikki is survived by her husband Matthew and daughters Amelie, aged nine, and Cleo, aged four.

It is the wish of the family that any profit from the concert is to be shared between Macmillan Cancer Support (Shropshire) and Shrewsbury Music Therapy Unit.

Vikki was born in Shrewsbury and also lived in Whitchurch, Market Drayton and then Coedpoeth, where she died.

She studied graphic design at Shrewsbury College of Art and Technology before gaining her degree at Wolverhampton University.

Vikki taught violin at Musicland in Market Drayton and after studying at the Royal Northern College of Music became the youngest person in Europe to gain a teaching qualification (CT ABRSM).

She was also qualified as a childminder.

Tickets for the concert are £15 and are available from St Chad’s Church on 01743 365478, Pengwern Books on 01743 232236, and Dave and Megan Jones on 01743 588553.

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