Bromley teenager takes to the stage with Danny DeVito

PUBLISHED: 13:09 13 November 2015 | UPDATED: 15:26 13 November 2015

Josiah Oyawale performing at the SeriousFun Gala in Camden

Josiah Oyawale performing at the SeriousFun Gala in Camden


Josiah Oyawale, from Hayes School, suffers from Morquio Syndrome

A Bromley teenager has taken to the stage with legendary actors Danny DeVito and Rennee Zellweger.

Josiah Oyawale, 16, who attends Hayes School took to the stage at charity gala in Camden.

The gala is run every year by children’s charity SeriousFun.

The event was held on November 3 at the Roundhouse in Camden, with children from local charity Over The Wall performing.

Mr Oyawale, from Southborough Road, was diagnosed with Morquio Syndrome when he was nine, a painful genetic disease affecting bone development.

The charity’s CEO Kevin Mathieson expressed praised the year 12 student’s involvement in the gala.

He said: “We are so thrilled about Josiah’s performance in the gala.

“He has attended eight of our camps since 2007 and has always been a terrific young man to be around.

“This December we are starting to take application for our 2016 season and we welcome new applications from families who may have child living with an illness.”

Mr Oyawale’s mother, Agnite Oyawale spoke of her pride in seeing her son perform.

She said: “For me to see him happy and free is just a joy, because I see when he is in pain.

“He was in his element up there on stage, and made life-long friends at the event.

The gala performance saw children from the charity perform on stage with Danny DeVito.

Together they sang hits such as ‘Raindrops keep falling on my head’ in memory of the charities founder, Paul Newman.

The mother of four expressed her gratitude towards the local charity’s work.

Mrs Oyawale said: “At the camps Over the Wall offer encourage the children to sing together.

“It provided a chance for Josiah to have fun and perform, amongst consultations and doctor’s appointments.”

Among the celebrity guests attending the gala was actors Jeremy Irons and Renee Zellweger, and musicians Corrine Bailey Rae and David Gray.

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