Alan Holmes and Bob Barrett would to thank alll who attended the Festival of Christmas Concert at the Bath Road Methodist Church on Friday 20 December.
The audience of 200 enjoyed a wonderful evening of Christmas Carols performed by Swindon’s talented musicians, Nathan Jones and His All Stars Jazz Band and Salos.
The concert raised £1,005 for two very worthwhile local charities, Goldenhar Family Support Group (UK) and STEP (Swindon Ten to Eighteens Project).
The star of the night was six year old Morgan Sharpe, right, who was born with the extremely rare condition called Goldenhar Syndrome
Morgan was born without an eye and an ear. He has a tracheotomy to help him breathe and a further congenital abnormality known as ‘butterfly vertebrae’, which may cause his spine to curve as he grows.
Despite his physical disabilities, Morgan seems to have been blessed with a keen intelligence, an indomitable zest for life and, most crucially, a mother Kerry who refused to go along with a conventional medical wisdom which assumed, wrongly as it turned out, he would almost certainly have no life worth living.
Morgan performed Away in a Manger with SALOS to open the second half of the concert and received a standing ovation from the audience. He enjoyed the experience so much that he asked if he could sing again and returned to the stage to close the concert.
The other charity benefiting from the concert was STEP, Swindon Ten to Eighteen Project which provides a safe and supportive environment for children and young people aged 10 to 18 who are experiencing isolation and exclusion due to either their lack of social skills, personal circumstances or poverty.
STEP work creatively using therapeutic group work to enable children and young people to make a positive contribution to society through the delivery of life and social skills with recognition of achievement through accreditation.
Bob Barrett being helped by Morgan to collect donations to Goldenhar Family Support and STEP Swindon