A YOUNG singer from North Shields has been hitting all the right notes to raise money for a charity close to her heart.
Shannon Scott wrote and recorded her own song, Without You, which is now on sale in aid of the Wallsend-based charity Stroke North.
The 16-year-old is raising the funds as a thank you to nurses and staff at North Tyneside General Hospital, who cared for her grandad Joe Williams after he suffered a stroke in December last year.
Joe, 78, was in hospital for around four months before he returned home to North Shields, where he lives with wife Jean, 70.
Shannon, a student at St Thomas More High School in North Shields, said: “I decided to do the CD because my grandad went into hospital after a stroke and I saw all the hard work the nurses put in.
“So I wrote a song and then went to a recording studio.
“All the money it makes will go to Stroke North.
“It’s my way of saying thank you for the care he received.”
This is not the first time Shannon has used her talent to help others.
In 2007, she took part in the Music Means Life competition in aid of the RVI’s Teenage Cancer Trust in Newcastle.
She also helped raise funds for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation after performing at a music festival in Newbiggin last year.
She said: “I love singing. I have been singing since I was nine-years-old and done lots of charity work.
“I would like people to buy this CD to help Stroke North because not many people know about the good work they do.”
Without You is priced at £3 and is available at Shannon’s favourite ice cream shop Mark Toney in Grainger Street and Percy Street, Newcastle.
It will also be on sale at HMV in Silverlink Retail Park later this year.
Shannon’s grandma Jean said: “Joe and I are very proud of Shannon.
“To use her talent to raise funds for the charity we think is a lovely idea. It’s very touching.
“Joe thinks it’s wonderful. It’s giving him something to grasp onto, to keep him going.
“He is very, very proud.”