NOT many 12-year-olds can say they’ve shared a stage with top music stars Olly Murs and Pixie Lott.
Nor can many say they’ve been in the spotlight at the Royal Albert Hall.
But for Sean Paul, that’s exactly how he’s been spending his time.
Sean, who suffers from a kidney condition called nephrotic syndrome, got to shine in a choir of children who have been helped by the Rays of Sunshine charity, which aims to make wishes come true for seriously ill children across the UK.
The Didcot schoolboy joined other youngsters in a choir singing Bring Me Sunshine to an audience of thousands at the historic London venue.
- Sean Paul
Sean, a St Birinus School pupil, said: “The song really represents Rays of Sunshine. They bring you sunshine and make you happy, it makes you feel like you’re really special. It wasn’t really scary because I did have a video at the back which helped. It didn’t feel like they were listening to me.
“I only did one line on my own: ‘bring me laughter’. After I got that out of the way I was able to look at how many people came to help this charity.
“All of the seats were taken, I literally couldn’t count them.”
“He met JLS when he was still on dialysis. It was just the most amazing day. The whole family had a brilliant time in London in a fancy hotel with limo rides and nice meals and things.
“It was 24 hours where you just didn’t have to think about how bad it was.”
The charity’s chief executive Jane Sharpe said: “The concert enabled us to provide a night of distraction and entertainment to thousands of brave and deserving children. We are so grateful to the Royal Albert Hall and all our amazing performers for making this incredible night possible.”