X Factor singer is special guest at Hillingdon-based charity's opening

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X Factor singer Marianna Zappi helped to launch Hillingdon-based charity Halo's new headquarters.

The musician, who reduced judge Nicole Scherzinger to tears as she revealed a touching personal story during the television show last year (see video below), was on hand to help the organisation which supports bereaved children.

She was one of the special guests as the charity opened its new head office at Hayes Business Studios at Uxbridge College’s Hayes campus.

Alia Jones founded the charity after losing her own husband when her children were aged just 2 years and 3 weeks old.

She was recently chosen as a final nominee in the Women of the Year Awards, which celebrates the achievements of exceptional women from all over the UK, and appeared on ITV’s Lorraine Show which supports the event.

Other guests at the launch included the Mayor of Hillingdon Cllr Carol Melvin and her husband and consort Andrew Melvin.

Cllr Melvin has chosen Halo as one of the three charities she will be supporting through her fundraising activities during her year in office.

Families who have benefitted from the charity’s work, supporters, therapists, and 13-year-old HALO volunteer and ambassador Steviem, were also at the event.

As well as offering an access point for Halo’s services, the new HQ will be used as an office space from which to apply for funding and grants towards opening a Bereavement & Play Centre. Halo’s supporters are also raising money through a range of activities including sponsored walks, head shaves and a sky dive.

Halo, which is run entirely by volunteers, provides bereaved children and families from the area and beyond with support, counselling, art therapy, weekly drop-in, a monthly Expressive Arts & Play Group, a bereavement book library, and personalised memory boxes and cushions.

Alia Jones, Founder of Halo Children’s Foundation, said: “Halo’s HQ launch was a fantastic event and everyone had a great time - we were thrilled to have the Mayor of Hillingdon Cllr Carol Melvin with us and are very grateful she has chosen to support us. We are really excited about having a single point of contact for all our services and a dedicated space for our fundraising activities.”

For more information go to: http://www.halochildrensfoundation.org.uk/

To support Halo’s fundraising activities go to: https://www.justgiving.com/halo-childrensfoundation

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