Collier Row boy raises money for charity and makes it to regional singing finals

14:41 06 March 2014

Josh Gleaves, aged 12, raised around £380 for Saint Francis Hospice by busking.

Josh Gleaves, aged 12, raised around £380 for Saint Francis Hospice by busking.


During the day, he is like every other school boy, but once he leaves the classroom, he is raising money for charity and competing in nationwide singing competitions.

Josh Gleaves, 12, of Collier Row, has been singing and playing guitar for over a year, busking on the streets of Romford in his spare time but last week he donated his earnings from the session to the Romford branch of Saint Francis Hospice, to help towards paying for the repairs to the charity’s roof.

Josh said: “I love to perform and really enjoy entertaining people whenever I can.”

With the help of friend, Tom Vincent, who was in charge of the money bucket, the pair raised £368 in three hours.

Josh said: “My mum used to work there as a nurse and I just realised how traumatic it was for some families and so I called up and asked if I could do some fundraising.”

Community fundraising manager, Lynda Head, said: “I found it was quite unbelievable and it’s always lovely seeing young people wanting to help and he has just gone a step beyond that, raising so much money for our roof appeal.”

But when he is not preparing to raise money for charity, Josh is entering singing competitions, making it to the semi-finals of Open Mic UK last year and has now won himself a place in the regional finals of Teenstar.

Josh said: “I am very excited for the final and just cannot wait to get back up on stage.

Judges’ feedback to the 12-year-old rockstar was that he gave a “very confident performance” but that he should “work on the pulse of your performance as you sped up and slowed down on a few occasions.”

Head of Future Music, Chris Grayston, said: ‘We are really excited about TeenStar 2014, there’s no other competition out there like it and we are eager to discover the country’s freshest young talent’.

Josh will perform his audition song, Run by Snow Patrol, once more at the regional finals that will take place on March 16 at the Palace Theatre in Southend.


Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 15:00
American jazz singer Kai Hoffman, who is coming to Queen's Theatre, in Billet Lane, Hornchurch.

International jazz sensation Kai Hoffman is bringing the fabulous ’50s back to Hornchurch for one night only.

Yesterday, 11:00
The Recorder, September 30 1955

This week in history – 60, 40 and 20 years ago.

Yesterday, 09:00
The three train at Fitness First in Romford. Picture: Andrew Matthews/PA

Three bodybuilders who go by the name Team Extreme have all powered their way into the finals of a national competition.

Most read news

News from your area


Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.


You won't need to fork out for groceries for a while!

Asda, one of the country’s leading supermarkets, prides itself in being one of the cheapest places to shop, so you can be sure that your money will go a long way here!

Shop till you drop!

Here’s your chance to treat yourself to a new wardrobe and a whole lot more with this MyOffers competition to win an incredible £2,500 to spend at Primark on whatever you like!

Digital Edition

Read the Romford Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder