Cello star Sheku Kanneh-Mason performs at JDRF fundraising event

Posted on 05 March 2019

Cello star and JDRF ambassador, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, performed at the Secret Garden fundraising dinner for JDRF in London last night.

The 19-year-old, who captured the world’s attention during his performance at the Royal Wedding of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, performed alongside his sister, Isata, who is an award-winning pianist.

Sheku was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes aged 12 and became JDRF Global Ambassador in 2018, to support others who live with the condition as he does.

Speaking in September 2018 when JDRF announced Sheku’s support, JDRF’s Chief Executive in the UK, Karen Addington said: “We are thrilled that Sheku has joined us as our international ambassador and look forward to collaborating with him to raise awareness of type 1 diabetes – which is much misunderstood – and of our mission to find the cure.”

On Sheku’s performance last night, Karen said: “It was incredible to have these two music stars perform together for JDRF. Sheku and his family’s support for this event helped us to sell out of tickets in record time and helped us raise thousands to support research into finding the cure for the condition.”

Jonny Labey was also there, making his highly-welcomed introduction as JDRF’s newest celebrity ambassador.