Did you hear about our Abba tribute show?
For one afternoon only… Andy’s did Abba!
Andy’s, the children’s hospice at St Andrew’s, staged a musical extravaganza for patients, visitors, staff and volunteers.
Staff members Gemma Gracie, ZaZa Warren, Louise Poulter and Claire Paige dressed up as the 1970s supergroup Abba to sing and dance along to famous hits such as Dancing Queen and Does Your Mother Know.
The performance, called Andy’s Does Abba, came about because eight-year-old patient Keira Wrenn is a huge fan of the group. What began as an idea to just play some songs and dress up soon escalated into a full show, which was open to everyone to attend.
Keira, who has a rare brain disease and was given just nine months to live three years ago, took centre stage at the show. She fell ill aged five and has since received pioneering specialist treatment for the inoperable brain tumour. She cannot talk but expresses herself through her eyes, and they were shining bright as the hospice’s tribute band performed.
The four members rehearsed hard but said they are not quite ready to give up their day jobs. Louise said: “Keira is a huge Abba fan and we always sing the tunes to her. Our vision at Andy’s is to make each day count, and that’s what we do for all of our patients.”
Special thanks were given to Sarah Hall at Cast Centa Stage Theatre Company, Twinkles Fancy Dress and make-up artist Nadia Baxter for helping arrange the event.