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16-year-old’s charity single and event raises £1,000 for Women’s Refuge

16 year-old Bournemouth and Poole College student Nicole Mcnally delivered a cheque for £1,000 last week to BCHA following a successful fundraising launch event for her charity CD single release.

Nicole wrote, recorded and released the track entitled ‘Annabelle’, which is about a woman trying to escape domestic abuse, to raise money for the Bournemouth Women’s Refuge, which is run by local housing and support provider BCHA.

However, rather than just release the single, Nicole decided to singlehandedly organise a special music event and called upon her local music contacts, managing to persuade 16 artists to perform for free and help raise more money for the refuge. The all-day event took place at Chaplin’s Cellar Bar in Boscombe and featured Matt Black, Si Genaro from The Voice, Jonny Phillips, Kimari Raven, Matt Griffiths, Ant Lewis and Nicole McNally herself, plus many more.

Naomi James, from BCHA’s Bournemouth Domestic Abuse Service, said, “We are absolutely overwhelmed by what Nicole has achieved for the women’s refuge and the money will go towards converting a garage at the refuge into a computer room for the children.

Nicole is not only exceptionally talented but clearly has a passion and empathy for supporting vulnerable people and we really appreciate everything she has done. I urge everyone to buy a copy of the single, it’s fantastic.”

Nicole has been performing in public since she was 10 years old and over the past six years has taken part in hundreds of live music events, talent competitions, musical theatre productions and private gigs, performing at local venues including The Pavilion, O2 Academy and Lighthouse, as well as the Queens Theatre and Royal Albert Hall in London. Last year she was a featured artist on BBC Introducing Solent radio show.

The former Avonbourne college pupil was motivated to write the song ‘Annabelle’, after she learnt about domestic abuse during one of her school lessons. Nicole said, “I was inspired to write the song after reading and discussing the topic during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. After playing the song a few times locally and seeing the reaction it received from several survivors, which promoted them to share their own experiences with me, I decided to release ‘Annabelle’ as a charity single and host the event.

It was such a fantastic event and I would like to thank everyone for their support, especially all the artists who performed, the team at Chaplin’s and to Matt Black and Hangover Studios for letting me record my single for free.”

Details of how you can purchase the single can be found at Nicole Mcnally Official on Facebook.

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