Northampton youngster performs on stage with Nicole Scherzinger for children's charity concert

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A seven-year-old girl from Northampton who has a rare cancer of the eye joined X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger at the Wembley Arena for a special concert.

Gracie was among a group of 14 brave and inspirational seriously ill children who together perform as the Rays of Sunshine Wish Choir across the country.

Gracie, from Abington Vale, is pictured second from the left in the front row

Gracie, from Abington Vale, is pictured second from the left in the front row

Together they sang a show-stopping and moving rendition of Ain't No Mountain High Enough with the international popstar in front of a packed crowd.

Gracie is currently living Retinoblastoma – a rare cancer of the eye. Rays of Sunshine reecntly granted the seven-year-old’s greatest wish to go to Disneyland Paris with her family.

Jane Sharpe, CEO of Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity, said: “The event was more sensational than we could have ever hoped. Looking out on to the audience and seeing so many of our wish families enjoying the show certainly made all the hard work worthwhile.

"We are so grateful to each and every one of the artists for giving up their time to perform and to SSE for supporting the event and making it possible for us to allow so many of our beneficiaries to attend.”

Gracie, from Abington Vale, is pictured second from the left in the front row

Gracie, from Abington Vale, is pictured second from the left in the front row

Colin Banks, head of sponsorship and reward at SSE, said: "At SSE we are proud to make a difference and are delighted that our support of tonight’s concert has helped Rays of Sunshine to hold their first event at The SSE Arena, Wembley.

"The performances were electric and it was brilliant to host over 5,000 people to celebrate the amazing work Rays of Sunshine do to brighten up the lives of seriously ill children across the UK.

The brave and inspiring people in attendance were truly heart-warming and we leave the show tonight filled with admiration for the work Rays of Sunshine does. SSE can’t wait to welcome the Sunshine Concert back to The SSE Arena, Wembley again next year. We are honoured to be able play our part."

For more information about Rays of Sunshine or to apply for a wish, visit www.raysofsunshine.org.uk.