Schoolboy has date with the stars for Albert Hall concert

Sean Paul highlighted on the big screen at the Royal Albert Hall concert last weekend

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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.

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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.”

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The Rays of Sunshine Abbey Road Choir, formed for the charity’s 10th anniversary, was made up of children who have all been granted wishes by the organisation.

Sean’s wish was granted in 2011, when he got to meet boyband JLS.

The Royal Albert Hall show on Sunday – the charity’s fifth annual concert – saw stars Olly Murs and Pixie Lott also delight the crowds.

After his initial wish, Sean had a double kidney transplant, which has dramatically improved his health.

His mum Gayle Moss said: “It got to the point where he had to go on dialysis.

“With the transplant he had to have both of his kidneys taken out because it could have come back if he only had one replaced.

“It was hard for him, but he did so well. As soon as he had the transplant it was like he was a different child.”

She explained how Sean was introduced to the charity: “When we were in the hospital they gave us this form and said that we could apply for a wish.

“You usually think of these things for kids with cancer who are dying, but then you think of all the kids who go through so much and it makes sense.

“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.”

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