Singer, songwriter and TV presenter, Olly Murs, delighted children and staff at the Royal London Society for Blind People’s (RLSB) award-winning Dorton House nursery, when he dropped in as part of the 2011 BBC Children in Need programme.
The children achieved an ambition shared by thousands of fans, as Olly sang and played at the RLSB’s nursery for blind and partially sighted children in Sevenoaks, Kent.
Olly took time out from his busy schedule as XTra Factor presenter to sing with three-year-old Leo Lake from Chelmsford, Essex. Leo has Leber’s Congenital Amaurosis which means he has an impaired ability to see colour and detail. Also joining in the fun was 11 month old Grace Davis, from Otford, Kent, who has Aicardi syndrome, which affects her general development.
Music is a major activity at the Sevenoaks-based nursery, which has repeatedly won an outstanding rating from the Ofsted inspectors and which aims to give blind and partially sighted children the best possible start in life.
Children in Need has already provided the RLSB nursery with toys and equipment for music therapy and for the services of a baby massage therapist. This is a specialist and highly effective service which is used to calm distressed young blind children.
RLSB Nursery Manager, Maggie Bindon said:
“Our kids adore music and had a great time singing with Olly. All of us at the RLSB are really grateful to him for the visit and we’re all looking forward to seeing the Children in Need appeal.”
For more information on Royal London Society for Blind People, please visit www.rlsb.org.uk.
Posted by Emily Richardson