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Schoolgirl band Soda Pop! launch song and video in bid to raise £5,000 for Childline

PUBLISHED: 11:24 11 July 2017 | UPDATED: 11:24 11 July 2017

Soda Pop band members Keira Shilling, Alisa-Marie Nita, Maisie Harvey and Maddie Bates. Picture: Cathy Davison

Soda Pop band members Keira Shilling, Alisa-Marie Nita, Maisie Harvey and Maddie Bates. Picture: Cathy Davison

Catherine Davison

Four young singers from Romford performed for crowds on Saturday as they launched their new single to raise money for Childline.

Soda Pop band members with their family, after performing at The Retailery. Soda Pop band members with their family, after performing at The Retailery.

Alisa-Maria Nita, 11, Maddie Bates, 11, Maisie Harvey, 12, and Keira Shilling, 10 – who perform as Soda Pop! – hope to raise £5,000 for the children’s support charity through their song Real Life, which was originally written for S Club 7.

The song was penned by Julian Littman and Charlie Dore who amended the lyrics for Soda Pop! The girl also shot a video for the single at Gallows Corner Social and Sports Club, Main Road, Gidea Park.

Mayor of Havering Councillor Linda Van de Hende attended the launch at The Retailery, Market Place, Romford, where the guitar and ukulele-playing four-piece played two half hour sets featuring songs from Wicked and a rendition of Dolly Parton’s Jolene.

“It was amazing to see so many people watch us perform today,” said Maddie. “We’ve worked on this song for so long and I’m glad it can now raise money for Childline.

“We wanted to use music to help other children and Childline is free for children to call if they are lonely, sad or upset and the NSPCC will help them.

“I hope people download the song and watch the video so we can raise lots and lots of money to help children.”

Childline president and founder Dame Esther Rantzen thanked Soda Pop!.

“I’m thrilled that Soda Pop! and their supporters have created a brilliant song and music video to raise much-needed funds for Childline,” she said.

“Their talent, hard work and commitment has been outstanding and everyone involved should be extremely proud to know their efforts will help vulnerable children in the UK.

“So please download this brilliant song and share it with your friends so we can continue to help more and more children across the country.”

After the success of their launch event the girls will be performing throughout the area in the coming weeks.

Real Life can be purchased via Amazon and iTunes.

To donate money towards Soda Pop!’s cause justgiving.com/fundraising/soda-pop.

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