Rory McGrath to perform at Will Pope fundraising gig
TV funnyman Rory McGrath will lead an evening of comedy and music aimed at raising funds in the name of a Bristol student who has undergone a heart transplant.
The plight of student Will Pope, who is recovering after his long-awaited heart transplant, has inspired fellow students at the University of Bristol to organise a fundraising concert in his honour – with comedian Rory McGrath making an appearance to pledge his support.
A virus left the 20-year-old desperately ill and he spent an agonising four months on the “urgent list” waiting for a suitable donor to be found.
The breakthrough came on New Year’s Eve and, after undergoing an anxious 12 hour operation to save his life, Will is on the long road to recovery.
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Now fellow students at the university want to play their part by organising a gig to celebrate his recovery and raise money for Harefield Hospital – a renowned cardiothoracic and transplant centre in Middlesex – where he was treated.
Will’s dad Phil, a composer and actor, will perform alongside his friend Rory McGrath - who is famous for his appearances in They Think It's All Over and Three Men in a Boat. The pair have been friends for many years and will showcase some of the comedic songs they’ve written together.
Will’s cousin Meg Pope, who lives in Bristol, is helping to organise the gig with Will’s friends.
She said: “The #WillPower campaign started on Twitter just before Christmas and it has gained the support of more than 2,200 people.
“This got me thinking about how many people here in Bristol are backing Will, so I thought why not host an event to not only raise awareness and encourage people to sign the Organ Donor Register, but to celebrate Will’s recovery and show him just how many people have been rooting for him.”
The #WillPower Charity Gig takes place at Clifton Hill House on Friday, March 15, at 7pm. Tickets, priced £5, are available from http://willpope.eventbrite.com