One of this year’s Pride of Britain winners has fronted a festive video supporting a charity which is close to his heart.
Dante Marvin, who was born with brittle bone disease and scoliosis, recorded the film at one of Variety’s Great Day Out Christmas parties which are staged by the organisation so disabled and disadvantaged youngsters aren’t excluded by the seasonal festivities.
The 11-year-old who was crowned Pride of Britain’s Child of Courage at this year’s award ceremony was made Variety’s Young Ambassador in 2018 after he helped raise £30,000 for a new Variety Sunshine Coach and paying regular hospital trips visiting sick and disabled children.
Variety helped Dante and his family providing the right support and equipment.
Dante said: “Christmas isn’t really about getting presents it’s about giving. I’ve had the best year ever and Variety has been a huge part of this incredible year. But there are so many more children in Britain who need the same help as I do, and for Variety to do that they need support from the public. Please click that donate button now, however much or however little you can give will help change the lives of more children this Christmas.”
His mum Rachel said: “The Variety Christmas party is all about helping the children to get into the spirit of Christmas, it doesn’t matter what background they’re from or what disability they have, all children should be able to enjoy Christmas equally. Variety’s mission is to get every child, whether they have a disability or are from a disadvantaged area, the equipment and support that they need to make their lives easier and more comfortable.”
After the festive party Dante said: “I know what it’s like to be sick or in hospital over Christmas. I once broke both legs on Christmas Day. So I was really happy to attend Variety’s Great Day Out Christmas Party and do my bit to help spread some Christmas joy and cheer.”
CEO of Variety, Jo Carter praised the youngster and his outlook on life saying: “We are immensely proud to have Dante as Variety Young Ambassador, he really is an inspiration to us all and strives to spread joy wherever he goes. In order to help more children like Dante funding is crucial, the important work that we do is only set to increase in 2020 so any support for Variety is truly invaluable for the young lives that we support.”
Dante Marvin’s motto is: “There are no disabilities only abilities.”
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