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College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London student music show brings joy and gifts to underprivileged children – FE News

Big-hearted students organized a music concert to raise funds and donated gifts to bring some joie de vivre to underprivileged children this Christmas.

Students from the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL) organized the show to support the TOY project and encouraged staff and students to donate toys.

The JOUET project recycles unwanted toys for children in the UK, India, Africa and the Caribbean, and also runs Lego, art and storytelling workshops.

The Islington-based charity was co-founded by Angela Malloch, wife of former Neighbors star and 1980s pop icon Jason Donovan, who is the charity’s godmother.

Most of the songs were performed by students Interpretation and music production diplomas at level 1 and level 2 at the college’s Tottenham Center.

Silvia Bortolotti, 25, opened the concert with a cover of Amy Winehouse’s hit, Valerie.

Lheyla Esono Engo, 18, and Emil Vasilev, 20, performed in a duet Tell Me That You Love Me by James Smith, and Sarah Delobette, 19, performed Jess Glynne’s cover of the seasonal soul classic This Christmas .

There was also a DJ set by Ramon Pazos, 47, a poem read by hairdressing student Blessing Anyaegbunam, 28, and a performance by guest singer Maalik Robinson.

There were also performances by Isabel Palma Gomes, 17, and Cathleen Farrell, 38, including the Christmas carol O Holy Night.

Cathleen said: “Children all over the world are directly affected by social and economic problems and the circumstances that lead to poverty. Sadly, many live Christmas every year without the gifts and toys that bring us joy during the holiday season.

“We hope that by hosting this concert and making donations to The TOY Project, many of them will have a merry Christmas.”

The concert finale featured all the singers performing Feliz Navidad, the 1970’s party hit from Puerto Rican singer José Feliciano.

The TOY project helps children in schools, nurseries, hospitals and hospices, those in care or with complex needs, migrants and refugees as well as the homeless and other disadvantaged families.

Jane Garfield, who founded the association with Angela in 2013, said: “Thank you to everyone who came to this fabulous concert to raise funds and donate toys to those who need them most this Christmas.

“After such difficult times, more families than ever are struggling to provide for their children, and being able to give them toys relieves worry and stress during the holiday season.

“We are so grateful for being part of your celebration of music and wish everyone a very Merry Christmas.”

Sharon Wallace, Program Manager for Creative Media and Music, said: “It was wonderful to see and hear our talented students perform for such a great cause to make Christmas a bit special for so many children.

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