Two seriously ill teenagers from our region will be meeting their favourite celebrities at a charity concert this evening. JLS, Pixie Lott, Alexandra Burke, Leona Lewis, Diversity and Spelbound are just some of the acts performing at The Royal Albert Hall.
The event has been organised by the Rays of Sunshine charity which grants wishes for seriously ill children between 3 and 18 years old. A thousand children will be travelling to the event this evening including Sophie,16, from Welwyn Garden City. She is waiting for a pancreas transplant and currently lives with two nurses. She will get the chance to sing on stage with JLS this evening.
A spokesperson for the band told us they're looking forward to it: "Every one of these young people has inspired us with their strength and bravery.
The Rays of Sunshine Concert will be a moving event for the performers and an amazing night of entertainment for music fans everywhere.” Jordan, 13, from Langford, Bedfordshire, who has a rare skin tumour will also be going to the concert. She will be meeting dance group Diversity backstage before their performance.
Charity ambassador Leona Lewis said: "Every day of the year the charity adds a touch of sparkle into the lives of brave and deserving children.
The Rays of Sunshine Concert will bring hundreds of children together for a precious night of fun and I'm so happy to be a part of it."
Jane Sharpe, the Chief Executive Officer of the Rays of Sunshine charity, said: “Every day of the year, Rays of Sunshine creates moments of escape for children in the UK living with serious illnesses, by granting wishes and organising outings and events.
The Rays of Sunshine Concert will be a 'A Night of 1000 Wishes' when over 1,000 seriously ill children are given the opportunity to put their illness on hold and enjoy being guests of honour at what we know is going to be a magical concert.”
For more information: www.raysofsunshine.org.uk