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Rainbows Welcomes a New Honorary Ambassador After Their Appeal Star Flims for the Jeremy Kyle Christmas Show

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Issue Date: IMMEDIATE

 For immediate release 18th December, 2012

Nine-year-old Charlotte Blissett, the star of the Rainbows Twinkle Little Star Appeal, will appear on the Jeremy Kyle Christmas Show on Friday, 21st December. Whilst filming for the show, staff from Rainbows met the show’s celebrity psychotherapist and counsellor, Graham Stanier. He was so moved by the work of the East Midland’s only children’s hospice that he offered to become an honorary ambassador for the charity.

Graham said: “Having been afforded the opportunity to visit Rainbows, I can honestly say it’s an amazing place, and the provision of love and care by carers, staff and parents is beyond dedication. It’s an honour and a privilege to be an ambassador for such a worthwhile charity and they have my unconditional support whenever they need it.”

Rainbows is a member of Together For Short Lives, one of the beneficiaries for ITV's Text Santa Appeal - which is all about raising money for six UK charities. Graham first visited Rainbows in November as they filmed on-site at the hospice in preparation for the Jeremy Kyle Christmas show. Unlike normal episodes, this show will have a sparkly Christmas format with gifts and stories from the Text Santa charities.

During the special show, Charlotte Blissett wowed audiences with her amazing tale of triumph over adversity. Charlotte, who attends Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People, was never expected to speak. Through a lot of effort and dedication, she has learnt how to sing. Producers chose Charlotte to appear on the show after watching a video her singing for the Rainbows Twinkle Little Star appeal www.rainbows.co.uk/twinkle.

Scott Lea, spokesman for Rainbows said: “Appearing on the Christmas show was wonderful for Charlotte and her family, it was a really exciting time. On top of that, it’s absolutely fantastic to have Graham’s support. He’s a really warm and friendly man and he’s very keen to use his circle of television contacts to support Rainbows. We’re all looking forward to working with him.”

Graham visited Rainbows for a second time on the 18th December as he called in on his way to the studios. He met children, young people and staff as he had an informal tour of the hospice.

 

PHOTOS AVAILABLE AT http://www.yousendit.com/download/WUJaZ296MGNEa1Y3czhUQw

 

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For further information, please contact Scott Lea on scott.lea@rainbows.co.uk or 01509 638062 / 07980 901297.

 

Notes to editors:

Graham Stanier is the staff counsellor at ITV and is a qualified and highly experienced practicing psychotherapist, known for his therapeutic skills, compassion, and good humoured warmth. He primarily helps ITV employees deal with both work and personal problems that might adversely impact on their work performance, health, and well-being.

Born eight weeks prematurely, twins Charlotte and Lattisha were beautiful girls with a happy life ahead of them. At just six months Lattisha was thriving but life began to take a different path for Charlotte who began to have uncontrollable fits at the age of six months.  After a battery of tests, and days of nervous waiting, the family finally had an answer; Charlotte’s brain had been damaged by a freak blood clot during the early stages of pregnancy. At two years old she was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and was told she would never speak again. However, through therapy at Rainbows she has been able to find not only a speaking voice but a singing voice too.

 

About Rainbows Hospice for Children & Young People:

Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People covers the whole of the East Midlands, although it is based in Loughborough, Leicestershire.

It was founded by Gail and Harry Moore, whose daughter, Laura, had died of Leukaemia in 1989. Laura's favourite thing in the world was a rainbow.

Since its official opening in April 1995 by HRH Prince of Wales, hundreds of life-limited children, young people, their families, siblings, relatives and friends from across the East Midlands have used the hospice.

It’s every parent’s worst nightmare to be told their child will die before them. But for an estimated 20,000 families across the UK, this is a reality. Some of these children will die when they’re very young, others will deteriorate slowly over a number of years.

In most cases, full-time care falls to the parents – 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Not surprisingly the whole family is under huge emotional, physical and financial strain.

Rainbows Children’s Hospice helps children and families in these situations with the emotional and physical challenges they face, helping them to make the most of life.