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Children Helping Children concert 2013

HemiHelp’s Children Helping Children concert took place on Saturday 27th April and marked 10 years since the concert was first held back in 2003.

The concert took place at Cadogan Hall, Sloane Square and was opened in spectacular fashion by Bagpipers Tristram Coates and Hal Crichton. Sean Rafferty, compere for the evening then introduced the amazing performers:

  • 17 year old singer Ronan Parke; a finalist from Britain’s Got Talent
  • CYM Jazz Messengers; a young brass band from the Centre from Young Musicians
  • 11 year old Fergus Macgregor who performed a concerto he wrote himself
  • 9 year old Violinist Kohtaro Harada
  • 17 year old Clarinettist Han Kim retuned to wow the audience again after he first appeared in 2010
  • The HemiHelp Creative Percussion Group performed The Dambusters March accompanied by the wonderful London Phoenix Orchestra

“The music that emanated from the musicians during the course of the night was unbelievable and very humbling”

HemiHelp’s newest Patron, Siobhan McMahon MSP made an absolutely fantastic speech and Hollywood A-Lister Damian Lewis treated us to some poetry!

Beforehand HemiHelp members and supporters gathered in the bar and our excellent team of helpers did a great job selling programmes and Krispy Kreme donuts. They collected a record £3,800 worth of donations!

The evening did not end there. After the concert some of the guests, accompanied by a group of Chelsea Pensioners headed to the Royal Hospital Chelsea. There we were treated to a delicious meal cooked by Clare Smyth, the first British Chef to hold three Michelin stars. Corney and Barrow provided the wines.

After dinner, 10 year old HemiHelp member Leah O’Connell spoke about her experiences of living with hemiplegia, she was brilliant! Leah’s speech welcomed Charlie Ross who presided over the Live Auction and guests also had the opportunity to bid on an array of Silent auction prizes.

The whole evening was great fun and raised a massive £200,000 which will make a huge difference to our ability to support children, young people and families affected by hemiplegia. More information about HemiHelp’s strategy - and the chance to have your say – on page 32 in the summer issue of the HemiHelp magazine.

A huge thank you to everyone who bought a ticket, made a donation, bought an advert in the programme or bid in the auction and to all those people who gave up their time to make the event the success it was. Particular thanks to our wonderful committee; Patricia Astley, Debbie Ball, Simon Crosby, Sheridan Humphreys, Tania Llewellyn, Tessa Wheeler, Musical Director - Josephine Fitzalan Howard and our wonderful Chairman - Paul Riseborough.

Thanks also to Oliver King, our photographer for the day. All the pictures are available for sale from here www.oliverkingphotography.com/galleries/hemi-help-concert

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