SSE to sponsor concert for Rays Of Sunshine children’s charity
International popstars DNCE and Nicole Scherzinger will be amongst performers to take to The SSE Arena, Wembley, stage for a concert on behalf of the Rays Of Sunshine children's charity on Monday, 24th October, 2016.
Also performing will be Fleur East, X Factor reigning winner Louisa Johnson and rock pop band Lawson.
The evening will also see a special performance from Nicole Scherzinger singing a unique song with the Rays of Sunshine Children's Choir, a group of brave and inspiring seriously ill children. Other acts are to be announced.
The event will be hosted by Rays of Sunshine Children's Charity www.raysofsunshine.org.uk which grants wishes to seriously ill children across the UK.
The concert is sponsored by SSE as part of a new, two-year partnership between SSE and Rays of Sunshine that will see the charity event take place at The SSE Arena Wembley in 2016 and 2017. SSE's support of the event will enable the charity to offer 2,000 complimentary tickets to seriously ill children, who have previously had wishes granted.
Tickets went on general sale from 9.00am yesterday, Monday, 12th September 2016. Tickets are available from £25.00, plus booking fees.
Nicole Scherzinger, who will be performing with the Rays of Sunshine Choir, was inspired to be a part of the event after meeting eight-year-old wish child Ella, from Lancashire, who is currently living with renal failure. Ella, who had her wish granted to sing Don't Stop Believin' to Simon Cowell by the charity, will be taking to the stage alongside fifteen other brave and inspiring seriously ill children.
Nicole Scherzinger commented: "I am super excited to perform at the Rays of Sunshine Concert at The SSE Arena, Wembley in October. Seeing Ella's beautiful smile again brightened up my day and it was an absolute pleasure to meet Murad and Joel, too. They're all such brave and inspiring children.
"I can't wait to take to the stage and help Rays of Sunshine brighten the lives of many more brave and deserving children. This concert is such a unique event, with over a thousand seriously ill children in the audience, that it's an absolute honour to be a part of it. It's going to be a fantastic show".
Jane Sharpe, CEO of Rays of Sunshine Children's Charity, added: "The concert is going to be a magical event which will enable us to provide a night of distraction and entertainment to thousands of brave and deserving children. We are so grateful to SSE, The SSE Arena, Wembley and all our amazing performers for making this incredible night possible".
Colin Banks, Head of Sponsorship at SSE, said: "At SSE we are committed to making a difference and are extremely proud to be supporting Rays of Sunshine and to be giving thousands of children the opportunity to come and see some of their musical heroes at The SSE Arena, Wembley, for the very first time.
"The work that Rays of Sunshine does in brightening up the lives of seriously ill children across the UK is just fantastic and we are honoured to be able play our part by giving these incredibly brave kids, a fantastic day out at what promises to be an incredible show".
SSE has been the title sponsor of The SSE Arena, Wembley, since June 2014. The utility company is also title sponsor of The SSE Hydro (Glasgow), The SSE Arena, Belfast and The SSE Swalec, Wales.
SSE customers get access to a number of entertainment benefits through SSE REWARD, including advance ticket access, upgrades to SSE lounges and unique money can't buy opportunities.