’TIS the season to be jolly!
And Little Mix star Jade Thirlwall made sure she spread some Christmas cheer when she called in at South Tyneside charity Cancer Connections.
The 21-year-old is a patron of the organisation, which is based in Harton Lane, South Shields.
She called in this week as charity bosses invited some of its service users to enjoy mulled wine, mince pies and a Christmas carol singalong.
Jade, from Laygate, South Shields, said: “We’re having a mulled wine, Christmassy, carol singalong day, where everyone sits next to each other and we just sing carols, and it’s really lovely.
“It’s really relaxed and everyone is just getting in the Christmas spirit for Cancer Connections.
“These visits are definitely really important to me. I was excited to come home so I could do stuff like this because this is the one chance I get to be really involved when I’ve got a bit of time off over Christmas. It does mean a lot to me and it’s nice that it means a lot to them as well. It’s good to be here and try to show everyone what the charity is about.”
Jade is enjoying some time at home over the holidays after working hard in the studio with her bandmates Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson and Leigh-Anne Pinnock on the group’s third album.
She said: “It’s going good but it’s taking longer than the other two, but mostly because we’re being perfectionists about it and we just want to get it right. It’s really important that it’s better than the other two albums and it has the right sound that we want to have, so it’s taking a bit longer, but it will be worth it.
“I’m hoping it’ll be out in early 2015, that’s the goal anyway for the first single. So fingers crossed, but we’ll wait and see. You can’t rush these things. It’s got to feel right when you release it.”
Charity co-founder Deborah Roberts said: “It was lovely that Jade took time out of her holidays to come and support Cancer Connections and spend time with the people who use the service.”