A schoolgirl from Oakley who has been a transplant patient was a special guest at a Christmas carol concert in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.
Emma Beeden, 13, was invited to deliver a very special reading at the 15th annual Christmas Carol Concert on Tuesday, December 9.
The star-studded event, which raised an incredible £229,000 for specialist equipment at the hospital, was held at St Paul’s Church, Knightsbridge.
Emma was joined by Myleene Klass, who hosted the night, as well as Jeremy Paxman and actors Tom Cullen, Tamsin Egerton, Penelope Wilton and Sir John Standing who also delivered special festive readings.
Emma also read at the 2010 Christmas Carol Concert and was invited back to celebrate the special concert’s 15th anniversary.
Emma was born with a form of Achondroplasia. She also needed a kidney transplant when she was eight years old and her mother donated one of her kidneys. The family spent Christmas in the hospital in 2009 recovering from the transplant. Emma is a keen fundraiser for the charity and she has taken part in numerous RBC Race for the Kids fun runs!
The enchanted evening, sponsored by travel experts Trailfinders, also included heart-warming readings by staff from the world renowned children’s hospital, alongside traditional carols and live performances from the Choristers of Thomas’s Battersea, the London Fellowship Band and the Band of the Welsh Guards which really helped to capture the Christmas spirit.
More than 700 guests gathered to raise vital funds for the charity’s Look Inside appeal, which helps to fund the hospital’s life-saving imaging equipment. The equipment will help to improve diagnosis, monitor progress and help make critical decisions about treatment as the hospital continues to deliver world class care to its patients.
Tim Johnson, Chief Executive of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity said: “We’re so grateful to Emma for helping to make the night so very special. The money raised will help us to make a huge difference to the young patients at Great Ormond Street Hospital.”
Emma’s mum Katy added “We are really proud of Emma, we were honoured to be invited and we’re thrilled that the money will go towards helping more families like ours.”
You can help patients and families this Christmas by making a donation at www.gosh.org/donate