Singing sensation Grace to be honoured on national TV

Grace O'Malley sings at the Light up a Life service.
Grace O'Malley sings at the Light up a Life service.

A TEENAGE singer who captured hundreds of hearts in Burnley and Padiham is set to be honoured live on national TV for her amazing charity work.

Grace O’Malley won the Young Citizen of the Year award after raising more than £50,000 for charities in East Lancashire with her stunning voice.

The young songstress will be given the Rotary International of Great Britain and Ireland honour after becoming a sweetheart for war veterans from the Burnley and Padiham Royal British Legion and also producing a CD for Pendleside Hospice.

The 15-year-old will be presented with the national award alongside four other winners live on BBC News24 next Saturday.

Her mum Maureen said: “She was stunned that people nominated her.

“Some of the people getting the awards are very courageous and she just sees it as she sings.

“She does work very hard and there’s not many kids that do this much work. She deserves it because she works incredibly hard to support these charities.”

Grace was filmed by BBC TV crews for a 10 minute pre-award bulletin set to be aired in the region next week.

The cameras filmed the youngster singing for patients at Pendleside Hospice and meeting war veterans in Molly Rigby’s in Padiham.

Maureen said: “She absolutely loved it.

“She was overwhelmed and quite tearful at how highly she was thought of by the people who nominated her.

“Some of the things they said were absolutely lovely – there were war veterans who said she lights up their life.

“It is such a special moment. She was completely bowled over because, for her, singing is just what she does.”

Grace was nominated for the award by a host of people including a former Padiham mayor, the Royal British Legion, Pendleside Hospice and her third charity the Ribble Valley and White Rose Ladies.

Sue Hind, RIBI New Generations Committee Member, said: “She is an amazing young lady.

“She bridges the generations working with the old soldiers.

“The money she raises goes to help families who have lost someone recently.

“It is a massive occasion for her to be on national TV when she is just 15.

“It is tremendous.”