The final line up has been announced for Childline’s Merry Little Christmas virtual concert which is being held online on Thursday 10th December at 7pm.
Joining headline act Leona will be singer-songwriter Jamie Cullum, George the Poet, magician Ben Hanlin, dance troupe West End Kids.
There will also be music from BBC Young Chorister of the Year 2019 Anna Haestrup, contemporary choir PopVox and singer Calum Scott.
Good Housekeeping is proud to be media sponsor for the event which will feature festive readings by Childline’s patron Her Royal Highness the Countess of Wessex as well as actors Alison Steadman and Natalie Dormer. The host is TV and radio presenter Ore Oduba.
The event is usually held at the Holy Trinity Church in Belgravia, west London, but has been moved online this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Tickets cost from £20 per household and will be available to buy until midday on December 10th.
All money raised from the event will go to Childline to help their frontline staff and volunteers continue to support children this Christmas. They delivered over 120,000 counselling sessions to young people during the first seven months of the pandemic.
As well as purchasing a ticket, you can now also support the event by taking part in the NSPCC’s silent auction which includes a wide range of bids from stocking fillers to luxury gifts including afternoon tea at the Ritz and vouchers for Good Housekeeping Institute’s cookery school. Bids can be made until 9.30pm on December 10th.
Childline President and Founder, Dame Esther Rantzen said: "Childline is especially crucial this year, when the whole world, every family, and even Christmas itself has suffered from this terrible pandemic.
"'Given the distressing year it has been, it would have been wonderful to attend this concert in person, as we have in the past, enjoying each other’s company, listening to fine music and inspiring readings, but this year that’s not possible. So, the Merry Little Christmas committee have worked incredibly hard to create this glorious virtual concert, and seeing the list of wonderful contributors, I cannot wait to join the virtual audience.
"Thank you to everyone who has made this possible, and thank you, too, for joining us and supporting Childline to be there for all the children who need us, especially over Christmas."
Adults concerned about a child can contact the NSPCC helpline seven days a week on 0808 800 5000, or email email@example.com.
Children can call Childline on 0800 11 11 from 7.30am to 3.30 am from Monday to Friday or 9am to 3.30am on weekends. Or they can get in touch via www.childline.org.uk
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