Singer Aled Jones will return to Sheffield next week to star in an ‘emotional’ concert raising awareness of life-saving organ donation.
The former treble turned TV presenter is to play an intimate 20-minute acoustic set at the Donate Life concert in Sheffield City Hall on Saturday, July 12.
He will star on stage with X Factor winner Matt Cardle and an inspirational choir of people whose lives have been saved by transplants.
Aled, speaking as part of The Star’s Gift of Life campaign to recruit 12,000 local organ donors, said: “I’m looking forward to coming back to Sheffield massively.
“The concert itself is going to be fantastic because there will be so many great people there.
“It’s not every day you get to introduce a transplant choir.
“I am singing for around 20 minutes with just my guitarist so it will be acoustic and very unplugged.
“Hopefully we will raise awareness and some money but I just hope it will be a celebration – I’m sure it will be an emotional evening.”
Almost 9,000 people have signed up to the NHS Organ Donor Register through the Gift of Life campaign.
Another 3,000 are needed before the Westfield Health British Transplant Games come to Sheffield in August.
Aled also spoke of his pride after Wales passed a law that presumes the consent of organ donors so people must choose to opt out rather than in.
He added: “I’m quite proud of Wales because you have to opt out now.”
n The Star has two tickets to the Donate Life concert to give away to readers.
To be in with a chance of winning the tickets, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, address, a contact telephone number and the subject line Donate Life.
Emails must be in by Wednesday July 10 at noon.
Call 0300 1232323 or visit Organ Donation for more details.