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A group young people from Nottingham are launching their own original song online to raise funds for the British Red Cross. They will be launching the song from a Red Cross event at Capital FM arena on Friday 18 November to celebrate Universal Children’s Day and the charity’s work with young people in the city.
The group of 26 young people, aged between 12 and 20, from Calvery Music Group in Basford composed the song, ‘Better When You’re Younger’ this summer as part of a Red Cross project, Positive Images.
The song was recorded with the help of folk musician David Gibb from Belper in Derbyshire and is about the young people’s own experiences of migrating to the UK or as second generation migrants living in Nottingham, exploring the ups and downs of adapting to life in a new country at a young age.
Gary Mountain, Positive Images project co-ordinator said: “We’re delighted that the group have decided to release the song to raise money for the Red Cross. We worked with them to write a song about their experience as young migrants which they hope will appeal to other young people so that they can learn about the experiences of other people their age.”
Volunteers and staff from the Red Cross will be there to celebrate the launch of the song, which will take place at a Red Cross learning day at the Capital FM arena on Friday 18 November to celebrate Universal Children’s Day.
The event will feature talks from inspirational young people including Will Bayley, member of the 2012 British Paralympics table tennis team, as well as information about the Red Cross’ work with children and young people in Nottingham and across the North.
Event organiser and Northern Territory youth manager, Martin Tilbury said: “The fantastic song recorded by the group in Nottingham is one example of our work with young people and we’re delighted that they will be launching the song at our event on Universal Children’s Day.
“42 per cent of Red Cross volunteers in Nottingham are under 25 years old, so we thought it would be a perfect place to celebrate our work with young people, which includes teaching hundreds of students first aid in schools and raising awareness of humanitarian issues such as conflict and HIV.”
The song will be available to download online at www.itunes.com, www.amazon.co.uk from 18 November with all funds donated to the British Red Cross.
Positive Images is a European project led by the British Red Cross which aims to promote positive attitudes towards migrants, refugees and asylum seekers among young people. Recent activities in Nottingham include a refugee awareness conference and art exhibition that is currently touring libraries across Nottinghamshire.
To find out more contact Gary Mountain on GMountain@redcross.org.uk or visit www.redcross.org.uk