11 year old Roma Manteiga Nicholson, from Ipswich, is hoping to raise £2000 for Suffolk-based charity Selig, which runs a number of local projects to support the homeless and victims of domestic abuse.
The thoughtful St Albans RC High School pupil has recorded a three-song EP which will go on sale at Sailmakers shopping centre on Saturday 3rd June 2017, with all songs available to download from ITunes and Spotify the same day.
The CD, entitled ‘Welcome to the Waterfront’, showcases iconic photographs of the flourishing Ipswich area and features two songs, ‘Father’ and ‘Unfair’, which were written by Roma herself and one ‘Tomorrow’, written by her mother Rosa. A video for the song ‘Father’ has also been produced with the help of Offset Films based in Martlesham, near Woodbridge – this will be available to view on YouTube from 3rd June.
Despite her young age, Roma is extremely passionate about the work that Selig does throughout the local community and has even written to Suffolk singer Ed Sheeran as well as James Bowen & ‘Bob’ the cat – stars of the film ‘A Street Cat Named Bob’ – asking for their support in promoting the CD.
Speaking of the work that Ipswich Winter Night Shelter does, Roma said: “I’m incredibly proud of what the Ipswich Winter Night shelter does for the homeless in Ipswich – offering them a warm safe dry place to eat and sleep over the winter months. I really hope my EP will raise lots of money and help Selig continue to provide this much-needed help for the homeless”.
Roma will launch the CD alongside some musical friends at Sailmakers Shopping Centre on 3rd June 2017 at 11am where she will perform all three tracks live. Thanks to the support of local businesses including Stagecoach Performing Arts School, Chequers Hotel and Sturgeon Builders , 100% of the proceeds from the CD, priced at £3, will go directly to the charity.
For more information and to follow the progress of Roma’s charity CD, follow her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/romacharitycd1/ or via the website www.romaspage.wixsite.com/website.
Supporters may also donate directly via Roma’s Virgin Money Giving page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Romacharitycd
• Above photo by James Fletcher