Two children who use Little Havens Hospice were given the ‘X Factor’ treatment at London event to raise money for the charity.
On Monday 11th September, Bethany Hambleton and Louis Ray Skillicorn-Aston were joined by singer Louisa Johnson and other celebrities at BGC’s Charity Day 2017 in Canary Wharf.
BGC’s Charity Day was set up to commemorate the 658 colleagues and 61 Eurobroker employees who were tragically killed on 9/11 by distributing 100% of their global revenues to Relief Fund and other charities around the world. Little Havens will receive a share of what was raised on that day.
Celebrities and charity ambassadors mix with the BGC employees raising money and remembering those who lost their lives on this day. As well as Louisa, Bethany and Louis Ray met another X Factor finalist Fleur East, as well as Cheryl Cole, Matt Terry and Davina McCall who were all there representing other charities.
Louisa Johnson, from Thurrock, was the youngest winner of the X Factor in 2015, aged just seventeen. She was featured on Clean Bandit's hit single "Tears" and her debut album is due to be released this year.
Louis Ray, 11, has been using Little Havens for four years as he has a congenital heart condition. Mum Elaine says,
“It was such a fantastic day. Everyone was so lovely and Louisa was brilliant with the children. One of the brokers even invited Louis Ray to complete a £5 million deal!
“As we were leaving we bumped into Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York. As I’m ex-military, I automatically stood to attention and said, ‘Hello ma’am’ and she guessed that I’d come from the Army! I told her all about Little Havens and the support they give my family.”
Bethany, 13 from Basildon also attended with her family.
“It was really good, all the celebrities were very friendly. We got to make our own teddy and snow globe, and play games in the offices. We then went upstairs to the trading floor and I helped to make a big deal.”
Tanya King is Corporate Fundraiser for Havens Hospices. She says,
“We’re so grateful to BGC for inviting us to be part of this prestigious day and to benefit from those deals alongside big national charities. The children and their families had a wonderful time, making special memories for them all.”
Little Havens is the children’s hospice for Essex, caring for babies, children and teenagers from across the county who are living with a life-limiting condition. Our charity also supports their families, but doesn’t charge a penny for its care.
To find out more about Little Havens and how to support our care please visit www.havenshospices.org.uk