Support for Wolverhampton University Covid-19 appeal in memory of graduate

By Harriet Evans | Wolverhampton | Coronavirus | Published:

The husband of a University of Wolverhampton graduate has been supporting its Covid-19 fundraising appeal in her memory.

Lesley Goodwin, fine art graduate at University of Wolverhampton

Lesley Goodwin, a fine art student, was diagnosed with myeloma, a form of cancer, and passed away, aged 58, in June 2017 - months before her graduation ceremony.

Andy Goodwin, from Wolverhampton, has been posting daily music videos on his social media channels since March 22, most of them with adapted lyrics to reflect the current climate.

As the number of views increased, so did the demand from family and friends and they decided to recognise Andy’s hard work by donating to the University’s Covid-19 appeal, to manufacture PPE for front line care-workers.

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He said: “As I posted my 50th video, a friend suggested we try to raise money for charity and when I saw the appeal I knew it would have been close to Lesley’s heart.

“Lesley and I had some very memorable times while she was at the university and I am still in touch with some of her fellow students.

“It is important at times such as these that we stay positive and focussed on the good times and supporting others.”


To date, Lesley’s friends and family have donated more £400 to the appeal while watching Andy perform, the equivalent of more than 200 face shields.

The university’s Covid-19 Appeal has so far received more than £8,000 in generous donations to help manufacture PPE to be given to NHS, care homes and other care workers.

To donate to the appeal, or for more information, visit

Harriet Evans

By Harriet Evans
Community Reporter - @HarrietEvans_ES

Community Reporter at the Express & Star, covering the issues affecting young people across the Black Country and Staffordshire. Contact me at


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