Jeremy Irons will perform at a Christmas charity event for bereaved families
A Christmas concert featuring performances and readings from actors Jeremy Irons and Vanessa Redgrave, TV gardener Alan Titchmarsh and Cameron Mackintosh's Oliver! will be held in aid of bereaved families.
Welsh opera singer Natasha Marsh, Cantate Youth Choir and singer Eddi Reader will also be taking part in the event hosted by The Child Bereavement Charity at Holy Trinity Brompton in London on December 3.
Stage, screen and television actor Jeremy said: "Losing a child must cause the most unbearable pain. Pain that I have been lucky enough not to have had to face.
"I am most happy to be able to help in a small way those that have."
The event has been organised by Child Bereavement Charity patron Flappy Lane Fox, whose son Harry Sidebottom, died aged 24.
She said: "The Child Bereavement Charity provides such an important service to bereaved families.
"My son Harry had a fatal car accident just over 10 years ago, aged 24, and my step granddaughter Molly Lane Fox died of an inoperable brain tumour nearly 18 months ago, aged only five.
"These two have remained my constant driving force, and have inspired me to help to ensure the continuance of this very special charity.
"The money raised from this concert will ensure that children and families continue to have access to support when they need it most."
The Child Bereavement Charity supports families and educates professionals both when a child dies and when a child is bereaved. Every year the charity trains around 5,000 professionals across health care, social care, education, the emergency services and the voluntary sector.
It also provides a support and information service, resources, an interactive website with online forums and Buckinghamshire-based support groups.
The concert takes place at 6.45pm on December 3 at Holy Trinity Brompton, London SW7 1JA. Tickets are priced £50 and £75. To book call 01494 446648 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the charity visit www.childbereavement.org.uk.
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