17 Nov 2015

MOBO-Award winning gospel singer, Lurine Cato, is urging carol singers across the country to raise their voices and vital funds for The Children’s Society in its fight to tackle child sexual abuse.

In a festive-themed video for the charity, Lurine guides children from the London-based dance school, J’s Dance Factory, to sing ‘Silent Night, Holy Night’ and show support for The Children’s Society this Christmas. 

This year carol singing events held in support of The Children’s Society across the country will help raise awareness of child sexual exploitation, which has been identified by the police as the biggest threat in the UK apart from terrorism. Money raised will go towards The Children’s Society’s preventative work with children affected by this abuse.  

Thousands of young people are being sexually exploited in every type of community across the country and children as young as 10 are being targeted. The Children’s Society wants to double its long term support and help more than 1,000 children and young people every year to stay safe and rebuild their lives through its specialist services. 

Lurine said: 'It is so important that people raise their voices and sing for this country’s most vulnerable children this Christmas. Often these children can’t speak out for themselves and are let down by the very people who should be protecting them. 

'That’s why we all have to grab our coats and our fundraising buckets and bring joy to people in our communities while raising money for The Children’s Society so it can carry on its work, helping children recover from their traumatic experiences and ultimately end this abuse.'

Jessica Elliot Managing Director of J’s Dance Factory said: 'I'm so proud of the children who were involved in this video for such an important issue. They absolutely loved singing with Lurine and they understand how vital it is to raise money for The Children’s Society so that more children can have a brighter childhood. 

'Some of these children, who have fantastic support and commitment from their families to work hard and reach for their dreams to star in West End shows like The Lion King, also know that not every child is as fortunate and not every child feels as safe as they do. That’s why J’s Dance Factory and all the children involved are supporting The Children’s Society this Christmas.'

To order free resources to hold a carol singing event this Christmas go to our carol singing page.

Media Enquiries 

For more information, please call The Children’s Society’s media team on 020 7841 4422 or email media@childrenssociety.org.uk. For out-of-hours enquiries please call 07810 796 508.

Notes to editors

  • The Children’s Society is a national charity that runs local services, helping children and young people when they are at their most vulnerable, and have nowhere left to turn. We also campaign for changes to laws affecting children and young people, to stop the mistakes of the past being repeated in the future. Our supporters around the country fund our services and join our campaigns to show children and young people they are on their side.