Young­sters melt hearts as they sing with Michael Bu­ble

Glamorgan Gazette - - News - KATHRYN WIL­LIAMS kathryn.wil­[email protected]­line.co.uk

YOUR heart couldn’t fail to be melted last Thurs­day as Michael Bu­ble joined in with a Christ­mas sin­ga­long and sign­ing of his ver­sion of All I Want For Christ­mas with a group of chil­dren with Down’s syn­drome.

The crooner popped up to sur­prise the chil­dren from Wouldn’t Change a Thing, a project which aims to change per­cep­tions of peo­ple and chil­dren with Down’s syn­drome, who ap­peared on This Morn­ing to make a video of their fes­tive tune.

The video fea­tured 25 fam­i­lies sign­ing and singing along to the fes­tive hit while sat in front of their Christ­mas trees and dressed in fes­tive jumpers.

Phillip Schofield and Rochelle Humes signed along­side the group which in­cluded six-year-old Lu­cus Evans from Brid­gend and 13-year-old James Har­ris from Barry.

The boys were there with their moth­ers, Kel­lie and Kate and had no idea that Bu­ble had recorded a spe­cial mes­sage for the group.

He said: “Hi ev­ery­body, it’s Michael Bu­ble, You know, when I heard that Wouldn’t Change A Thing had cho­sen one of my songs to sign to I was re­ally moved by it. It’s ab­so­lutely beau­ti­ful. Check this out.”

Kel­lie, who has four chil­dren in­clud­ing 12-year-old Is­abella who has her own sign­ing chan­nel on YouTube, joined Lu­cus and Is­abella on the This Morn­ing sofa.

She said: “We didn’t know he was go­ing to be a part of it.

“It was re­ally ex­cit­ing to be there, as soon as we walked in we saw Paddy McGuin­ness, then we saw Keith Lem­mon and Is­abella spot­ted Lorraine and Joe Sugg.

“When we were in the stu­dio film­ing we had no idea how it was go­ing to turn out.”

It was an ex­cit­ing morn­ing for the fam­i­lies but also it was an op­por­tu­nity to get an im­por­tant mes­sage out about chil­dren with the con­di­tion.

Kel­lie added: “It’s such a good mes­sage to get across to peo­ple. It’s good to con­nect with oth­ers and sup­port each other.

Kate Har­ris, who founded the sup­port group Team21 Friends for fam­i­lies with chil­dren with Down’s syn­drome.

She said: “When James was younger there was no sup­port or so­cial me­dia like there is now, there was a lack of pos­i­tive aware­ness about Down’s syn­drome.

“When Wouldn’t Change a Thing came into the lime­light and we saw the work they were do­ing we wanted to align with them.

“We want peo­ple to know that we are just like their fam­ily. We want the best for our chil­dren and just to en­joy life.”

Kate, who has two other chil­dren Daniel, 14 and Emily, nine, added that James was re­ally ex­cited to visit the This Morn­ing stu­dios and even went shy when Phil pointed to him to say he’d spot­ted his braces.

As the video ended on the show, host Rochelle Humes was in floods of tears.

She apol­o­gised for get­ting so emo­tional, say­ing: “It’s just so lovely.”

And the au­di­ence at home loved it too.

One said: “The video for ‘wouldn’t change a thing’ has me cry­ing into my por­ridge. As some­one who cares for an adult with DS, this is SO im­por­tant”

An­other tweeted: “Ex­cuse me while I wipe my tears on my sleeve #ThisMorn­ing That was BEAU­TI­FUL! Just like all the chil­dren!”

“Well #thismorn­ing well and truly got me to­day! ab­so­lutely sob­bing! Such a beau­ti­ful video for the ‘wouldn’t change a thing’ par­ents,” an­other posted.

While one said: “Watch­ing #thismorn­ing in tears at the beau­ti­ful video of the lit­tle kid­dies and their par­ents singing All I Want for Christ­mas with @ michael­bu­ble ...well done ev­ery­one, mag­i­cal stuff”

Is­abella and Lu­cus Evans from Brid­gend

Michael Bu­ble stars in a spe­cial mu­sic video along­side chil­dren with Down’s syn­drome

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