Published: 27 July, 2012
by WILLIAM McLENNAN
THE multi-platinum-selling pop star, Leona Lewis, will be performing at a charity concert in Islington next month to help raise money to send disadvantaged children on the holiday of a lifetime.
The X Factor star confirmed she will be attending the event organised by Amberliegh Drum and Dance Group, which was founded by her aunt, Laurette Josiah, in 2003.
Organisers hope she will be joined by several other famous faces and are waiting for Wretch 32 – the rapper nominated for the taste-making BBC Sound of 2011 – to confirm.
The concert will be held on August 25 at House on the Rock, in Tufnell Park Road, from 5pm to 9pm.
For the last five years the charity has received grants from either Children in Need or Arsenal Regeneration Scheme but funding dried up this year, leaving Amberliegh in need of generous donations.
It needs £3,000 to hire the venue and has raised £2,000 so far from a sponsored walk and donations.
Proceeds from the concert will go towards paying for about 100 people, including family members who need to accompany children, to visit Disneyland Paris.
Akunna Nwanna-Skeete, project co-ordinator at Amberliegh, said: “A lot of them are from broken homes, are adopted or their parents have issues and because of that they don’t have the opportunity to go anywhere. We know most of them haven’t been abroad before. We have to get passports for them as well.”
The charity is organising a film screening on August 4 at St Mary Magdalene Church, in Holloway Road. There will be three films, starting at 11am, targeted at children of different ages for a donation of £2.