Lockers Park Preparatory School’s highly-regarded Chapel Choir was honoured to be invited to perform at a fundraising carol concert for blood charity Anthony Nolan at St Pancras Church, London in December. The prestigious event saw the choir performing alongside award-winning actress Olivia Colman CBE and Game of Thrones star Nathalie Emmanuel, who both gave Christmas readings.
The 20-strong choir had been practising hard in the run-up to the event and dazzled audiences with their seasonal set. They were especially thrilled to have the opportunity to meet Olivia and Nathalie afterwards.
Lockers Park pupil and Chapel Choir member Rupert Cross (11), had been diagnosed with myelodysplasia in April 2016 and required a life-saving bone marrow transplant. Anthony Nolan successfully searched its register of willing stem cell donors to secure Rupert a match. Rupert has since made a full recovery despite suffering complications and having to spend 88 days in isolation and is now able to enjoy everything a typical 11-year-old does!
Headmaster Christopher Wilson observed: ‘Singing at this fantastic event was a great honour for our Chapel Choir. Anthony Nolan is an inspiring, life-saving charity. Rupert, along with his mother Holly, have been determined to tell his story to encourage others to join the register and help those who are looking for donors. We wholeheartedly support and applaud their awareness-raising endeavours.’
To find out more about Anthony Nolan visit www.anthonynolan.org.
Lockers Park is a day and boarding school for boys aged 7-13 with a Pre-Prep for boys and girls aged 4-7. Situated in the heart of Hertfordshire, the school holds an excellent academic reputation, priding itself on preparing pupils for the country’s leading public and independent senior schools. Visit www.lockerspark.herts.sch.uk for further information.
Image shows: Lockers Park Chapel Choir with Olivia Colman – photography by Anthony Nolan