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Rays of Sunshine ambassador invites families to exclusive soundcheck event at The O2 Arena

Ahead of his performance at The O2 Arena, London, pop star Olly Murs invited a group of seriously ill children to enjoy an exclusive and intimate preview of his show.

Fifteen families from across the UK travelled to the iconic venue which holds 20,000 people to watch the rehearsal. The Rays of Sunshine ambassador, made the children feel extra special by inviting them to the very front of the stage for a close up view of the sound check. During the event, Olly took song requests from the children before jumping off stage to chat to the families and pose for photos.

Olly Murs is an ambassador for Rays of Sunshine, a children’s charity that grants wishes for seriously ill children aged 3 to 18 across the UK, and regularly gives up his time to meet the children. In addition to this exclusive event, Olly Murs also gave 200 tickets to his sell-out arena tour to seriuosly ill children across the UK.

Amongst the children attending was 13-year-old Lucy, from Coalville, and 7-year-old Lola, from Watford, who are both currently living with Rhabdomyosarcoma, a type of cancer, 10-year-old Liam, from Suffolk, who is currently living with a form of cancer, 9-year-old Tillie-Mae, from Hatfield, who is currently living with a metabolic disorder, 10-year-old Liam, from Hadlow, who is currently living with Hypoplastic Heart and 10-year-old Tia-Mae, from Kent, who is currently living with Turner’s Syndrome.

Olly commented:

“I love meeting the children and families that Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity helps. These families are all going through such sad times but they are also so strong and super inspiring. Giving back is massively important to me, so if I can do something to take their mind off of their illness and put a smile on their faces, then I always will. We had so much fun at the soundcheck and it was great to see the children and families all singing and dancing away. I love being an ambassador for Rays of Sunshine and hope to be involved for many years to come.”