Singer and X Factor contestant Abii Herbert has been making music for charity – inspired by wounded South Yorkshire paratrooper Ben Parkinson.
The 18-year-old heard about how Ben, from Doncaster, is raising funds through his Ben’s Challenge appeal for charities including the British Limbless Ex Servicemen’s Association and decided to help his appeal.
She has already raised £1,000.
Abii, who got through to face the judges on this year’s X Factor and plans to enter again next year, said: “I have helped raise money for charity before and I thought it would be good to do something to help Ben’s fundraising.
“My grandfather was in the Army and organises battlefield tours, so I have a military connection, and just thought it would be a good idea.”
Abii, of Hemingfield, Barnsley, decided to record a single – and find out Ben’s favourite song.
She said: “My dad Kevan managed to contact Ben’s mum through Barnsley Rockley Rotary Club, for which Ben had been due to attend a charity dinner.
“I found out that his favourite song is Don’t Stop Me Now, by Queen, so I recorded that song, plus I don’t Believe You, a ballad by Pink.”
Some 400 copies were produced, which Abii has been selling for £3 – and she has just 75 copies left.
“Some people have been really generous donating a fiver of even £10, so I have raised around £1,000 so far,” said Abii, an administration worker at Barnsley Hospital.
■ Copies of the single are available at Abbii’s website – www.abiih.co.uk.