By  13th May 2014

Hello Everyone,

Posts are becoming much less frequent, because I’m literally climbing a mountain of essays, homework and revision and I have to reach the top by summer, and I’ve hardly even left the ground.

(Do you like my use of metaphors?) Better late than never though?

Anyway, I am going to relive, with you this time, one of the best experiences of my life, that I was so privileged to enjoy last weekend. I know that my life is often not the greatest, and that I have had to endure some terrible things, but sometimes it’s worth is because I get to do things people can only dream of, all because of one amazing charity – Rays of Sunshine. Now, I cannot say a bad word about this organisation, which is run by amazing, beautiful people who are heroes in their own right, not just to me but to thousands of sick children across the country. Often, very (and I mean VERY) sick children are invited to make a wish. It is then the goal of this charity to grant this wish, so it can’t be anything impossible, although I do believe they fulfilled  a little girl’s wish to meet a real life mermaid…

Every year, this wonderful charity organises something called the Sunshine Concert.  7-8 Famous pop stars, such as Pixie Lott and Olly Murs perform for the special wish children, their families and the public. One awesome night a year, when everyone gets together to raise money for such an amazing cause.

At the end of last year, I was invited to Abbey Road studios in London, the recording place of the likes of The Beatles and Michael Jackson. With a select few of the other wish children, (the Wish Children’s’ choir) we recorded Bring Me Sunshine with… wait for it…. Aston Merrigold from JLS. It was such a fabulous day, and I met so many inspiring people who, just like me, have been through a hell of a lot.

Anyway, thinking it couldn’t get much better than that, the whole Wish Children’s Choir was invited to perform at the Sunshine Concert, in nothing less than the Royal Albert Hall. I grabbed the opportunity, and last Sunday morning, I arrived backstage,  eager and expecting an exciting day. Exciting? Under statement of the century. Sat in the green room talking about the show, the door opened and in walked the boy band, Union J, who placed in the X Factor the year before last. Taking photos and signing books, they gave us all advice on how to keep our nerves at a minimum.

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We then did a sound check on stage, and practised our song. Even with the seats empty, I couldn’t believe what was happening! We watched the sound checks of Pixie Lott, took more pictures with Professor Green, Millie Mackintosh and Elyar Fox. Other acts also included Eliza Dolittle, Aleisha Dixon and Olly Murs, (whom I danced and took a picture with at the front of the stage).

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The beautiful Ashanti (another lovely wish child), Olly Murs and me.

The most special part of the day was by far performing. As I was pushed on stage, 5000 people rose from their seats and cheered for us. I was so overwhelmed, it was like a dream, my dream, so I did what any normal person would do on stage in front of thousands of people. I burst out crying. Mmmmhhmmmm, slightly embarrassing, but I could NOT control myself, and I’m not talking one or two tears, but proper sobbing, with snot and EVERYTHING!

I managed to compose myself enough to sing my part as the music video was projected on a huge screen behind me.

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The screen behind us showed me signing with Elena. (another wish child.)

During the song, Aston Merrigold joined us and we finished the song together. Have you ever had a standing ovation from 5000 people? Well if you have, you’ll understand why I started crying again. Luckily this time, Aston was there to comfort me. The presenter, Toby Anstiss came back on stage and asked me some questions about the experience filming the video and performing. This is what I looked like, (*face-palm*):

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Oh dear….

Thank you Rays of Sunshine. You are the BEST!After this I joined my family, met my friends and danced for the rest of the show. It was truly awesome. I’m so thankful I was given this opportunity.  I SWEAR I WAS HAPPY CRYING!

Everyone, please go and check out the amazing things that they do to make sick children happy! Go on, donate some money, make a child in need of a smile, smile!

Rays of Sunshine Website

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Thank you.

Lots of Love,

Cecilia-Joy xxx

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