Musical Theatre students’ homecoming chorus for inspirational children

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Performing Arts students from New College Lanarkshire have helped make magical memories for a group of inspirational children and their families from across Scotland.

BA Musical Theatre students performed at Glasgow Prestwick Airport to lift the spirits of families returning from a dream trip to meet Santa in Lapland, Finland.

The students were invited to perform by Scottish registered charity When You Wish Upon A Star, a charity which grants wishes for children aged 4–17 who live with a life-threatening illness.

The trip to Lapland was the charity’s first trip from Scotland since 2015, allowing youngsters to swap hospital beds for sleigh rides and a trip to Santa’s post office.

As they arrived back at Prestwick, the families were greeted by characters from Frozen and a choir of NCL students.

The students wore Christmas jumpers to sing festive songs including ‘Let It Go’, ‘Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer’ and ‘The Christmas Song’.

The Performing Arts team at the College has supported the work of the charity for the last four years.

More than £5,000 has been donated to the charity through proceeds from programme sales, and students regularly perform at events, including its annual Snow Ball at Prestonfield House in Edinburgh and a Polar Express-themed train trip to see Santa at Glamis Castle.

Since 1990, When You Wish Upon A Star has proudly granted more than 17,500 wishes across the UK to children living with life-threatening illnesses.

Judith King, Scotland Regional Fundraiser of When You Wish Upon A Star Scotland, said: “The students’ performance was a truly amazing and wonderful end to a magical day for our inspirational Wish families.

“What a moment – smiles, laughter, many tears, but most of all precious memories made!

“All of the students should be incredibly proud – each and every one of them are so talented with the biggest hearts of gold.

“The continued support of the College means so much to us and to our families throughout Scotland.

“When we arrived back to Prestwick, families had no idea that a full choir was going to greet them at arrivals; the reaction was incredible with many families saying just how much they loved this part of the day and it was the final sprinkling of magic on what had been a wonderful day together.

“We are honoured to have the support of NewClanArts and proudly have each of them very much part of our Wish-granting team – we can’t thank them enough for their support!

“We look forward to working with the Performing Arts team into our exciting 30th birthday year in 2020 – we have some wonderful events planned and the students will be heavily involved.”

A spokesperson for the class said: “We would like to thank When You Wish Upon A Star for giving us such a beautiful opportunity to create even a small positive moment for these brave children and their families.

“It was really emotional for us, but such a rewarding experience to be part of their journey.

“Seeing the smiles on their faces is something that will stay with us forever.”

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