Havering singers from The Voice and X Factor join forces to support college charity event
PUBLISHED: 09:37 07 March 2017 | UPDATED: 09:37 07 March 2017
A teenager who is currently appearing on ITV's The Voice returned to her former college to take part in a charity event.
Diamond, 19, who worked at McDonald’s in South Street, Romford, returned to Barking and Dagenham college in aid of the Children’s Liver Disease Foundation.
The singer sang three songs on Friday, including her rendition of Alicia Keys’ If I Ain’t Got You which impressed judge Jennifer Hudson.
“I miss being at Barking and Dagenham College. University is different, you have to be very grown up, whereas at college, the teachers are like second parents,” she said.
“I felt it was important to come back to the college to help with this charity event, because doing charity work is something I would like to be able to do as I get more successful and I love children.”
The event was the idea of college staff member Maxine Ison, whose grandson Freddie suffers from a type of liver disease called Biliary Atresia.
Freddie’s mother, Hannah Gorbell said: “Liver disease isn’t really something you think about and Biliary Atresia, which Freddie has, is very rare, only affecting about one out of every 18,000 infants.”
The youngster was diagnosed at six-weeks-old and now awaits a liver transplant.
By coincidence another staff member, Esther Adebayo, has a child with the exact same liver condition.
Esther’s daughter, now seven, had a successful transplant at 13-months-old and is now thriving.
Diamond, was joined at the event by Shae Barry, from Hornchurch who appeared on X Factor in 2015 as part of girl band, Alien Uncovered.
The group sang several songs at the event including their debut single Handle It.
Shae said: “As this event is for charity and is local to me we wanted to lend our support.”
More than £1,000 was raised for the charity.
Diamond, who next appears on the show on Sunday, hopes to continue her run of success.
“It hasn’t sunk in yet, I’m still a bit overwhelmed, I just can’t believe that I’m a step closer to my dream,” she continued.
“I’m really pleased that Gavin chose me. I feel really comfortable around him and I think I will learn a lot from him.”