Noted bon viveur Stanley Johnson leads Rainbow Trust's Christmas carol concert
PUBLISHED: 17:03 10 December 2013 | UPDATED: 17:03 10 December 2013
An array of stars joined in a special Christmas carol concert to support Leatherhead's Rainbow Trust children's charity.
The festive event was hosted by noted bon viveur, and father of Boris, Stanley Johnson, and featured readings from comedian Doon Mackichan, actor Nicholas Farrell and award-winning illustrator, Jan Pienkoswki.
With the backdrop of one of London’s most stunning Victorian churches, St Pauls in Knightsbridge, guests indulged in the aroma of mulled wine and mince pies and the sounds of West End star Aoibheann Greene and Cheam School Choir.
Applause swept through the church when eleven-year-old Ashantia performed Silent Night, bringing a tear to everyone’s eye.
Ashantia’s younger brother Cavalli was diagnosed with an immune deficiency at just a few months old and underwent chemotherapy and three bone marrow transplants, the final of which, to his mum Stephanie’s relief, was a success.
Rainbow Trust worked closely with Cavalli and his family offering them emotional and practical support to help them through this difficult period. Now, slowly but surely Cavalli’s health has started to improve.
Christmas is one of the toughest times of the year for the families Rainbow Trust supports, as they try to make the festive celebrations as normal as possible, whilst dealing with the harsh realities of looking after a seriously ill child.