Teen Singer Donates to Charity
Teenage singing sensation, Roma Nicholson, presented a cheque to Suffolk Young People’s Health Project for £2548. lso known as 4YP) is a local charity, which provides and coordinates services that improve the social, emotional, and physical health and wellbeing of young people in Suffolk, aged twelve to twenty-five.
Roma raised this amount throughout 2019 by busking, donations, performance fees and sales of her album “Teen Spirit” which is currently on sale in HMV Sailmakers Ipswich.
Since Roma began her fundraising in June 2017, the inspirational teen has raised over £14,000 for local charities like EACH Childrens Hospice, 4YP and Ipswich winter night shelter.
She’s spoken out about bullying and raised awareness about mental health and used her experiences to help others through music.”Music has helped me to deal with bullying. It’s my escape and I encourage others facing the same situation to focus on things that they love doing like dance, art, sport, writing. It helps because it distracts you from fearing the day and empowers you to become stronger against the bullies.” Said the fourteen-year-old who attends Northgate High School.
2019 saw Roma busk her way round the fifty-five Elmer Elephants in one day and she was fortunate to see Ed Sheeran in concert in Chantry Park last August, her hero.”Ed has been a huge inspiration as I know he was bullied at school and his music really resonates with my life and I strive to write songs from my experiences and from the heart”
Roma has lots of exciting projects this year with a new EP out in May, and this year is fundraising for two local charities; Zest part of St Elizabeth Hospice and Student Life.
Through shops and events, Zest raises funds for young adults living with incurable illnesses to live a positive life. The money raised from Roma’s event will help to support and develop how Zest offer care to these young people as they transition from children to adult hospice services. Look out for the Zest shops in Ipswich and Colchester.
Student Life offers young people in the region’s schools, colleges and the University, the opportunity to collaborate on a monthly magazine focusing on content aimed specifically at other young people; finance, studying, reviews, food, sport, beauty, music, gaming etc. There is also the opportunity to get involved in film production, but perhaps most importantly, Student Life runs mental health awareness and first aid training for young people, upskilling them to become Mental Health Ambassadors in their school or college.
Roma explained that she chose these charities as they give young people a voice and as she enters her final GCSE year in September her mental health becomes a huge priority during her studying.