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