Nicole McNally, a sixteen-year-old singer songwriter from Bournemouth has raised almost £1000 for Bournemouth Women’s Refuge through an event she organised on Saturday.
The student who attends Bournemouth and Poole College released her single entitled ‘Annabelle’ about domestic abuse at the event to raise money for the centre which is run by local housing and support provider BCHA.
Nicole was delighted by the event turnout which took place at Chaplins and The Cellar Bar and said, “After the event I was on such a buzz, when you think about it it’s just really amazing seeing how people can get together and raise so much from just an event.”
She explained the inspiration behind the song and what drove her to host this fundraising event.
As well as the Women’s Refuge, BCHA provides a number of other vital services for people who find themselves homeless after facing relationship breakdowns, addictions, unemployment, domestic violence and deteriorating mental and physical health.
Paul Tucker, the Campaign and Communications Manager at BCHA commented, “With public funding cuts, we rely on the generosity of people like Nicole to help us maintain the these services to help vulnerable people find a way forward.
The money raised will be used to convert a garage into a computer room for children to use and then refuge currently has no computer access or wifi for the women and children there.
The event included 16 local artists performing as well as a raffle and cake sales. Nicole also sold CDs of her single to raise money as is still hoping to sell more.
A lot of organisation was involved and Nicole described how everything came together in the end.
One group who performed were Brothers Grimmer, a rock band from Bournemouth took to the stage to support the cause which hit home with two of the band members.
Macko, the band’s acoustic guitarist and vocalist, explained that his mum had been through a difficult situation with a previous partner told us why the Women’s Refuge cause is so important.
Nicole hopes to host another charity event at some point in the future. “It was a lot of work, me and my mum worked so hard 0n it and all the other people, it couldn’t be a few times a year, it would have to be a once a year thing but I’d love to do more for this charity and others.”