East Lancashire teen opera star releases charity CD

Lancashire Telegraph: Grace O’Malley at the launch of her CD at Towneley Hall Grace O’Malley at the launch of her CD at Towneley Hall

TEENAGE opera starlet Grace O’Malley has released her fourth CD to raise money for research into children's cancer.

The 15-year-old singing sensation from Crawshawbooth has put together a track of her favourite songs, which also includes a duet with sister Megan, 27.

All the proceeds will go to Petal Cancer Research based in Skipton.

Grace, who attends Alder Grange School, has raised around £60,000 pver the years for various charities including the Royal British Legion.

She said: "I first heard about Petal Cancer Research when a young girl Molly Smith, who was recovering from cancer, asked me to sing at Sir John Thursby School in Burnley where she attended to help to raise money for the charity.

“I performed a concert there and got talking to Karen Mendoros, who is chairlady of Petal.

“I said I would help them and have so far raised around £7,000 for them but hope my CD will help them towards their next £1million.

“They have already raised their first £1m.

“It’s all my favourite songs and I hope people enjoy it while supporting a worthwhile charity.”

The CD features 12 songs and has been sponsored by Karen’s husband Dennis of Euravia Engineering.

The Mayor and Mayoress of Padiham, Coun Vince and Mrs Gillian Pridden, helped to launch it at Towneley Hall alongside Burnley and Padiham Royal British Legion honorary vice president Ted Davidson, 88.

Both Grace and Ted will travel to London this weekend and Grace will sing for Chelsea Pensioners at the Royal Chelsea Hospital.

“I call Ted my adopted grandad as I originally began fundraising for the RBL many years ago and met Ted there,” added Grace, who was made an honorary member by the RBL and also won the BBC Rotary Young Citizen of the Year last year for her charity work.

“I am very proud of her,” said Ted. “I am happy to support any charity she raises money for.”

The CD costs £7 and can be purchased by calling 07967 815559

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