THE FOUNDER of a charity helping sick children is going make-up free in aid of Children in Need.
Rebecca Ledgard created Singing Medicine ten years ago and now holds one-to-one and group singing sessions at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
It was her dedication to the charity which led to the 41-year-old Wilmcote resident being chosen to take part in a make-up free campaign called BearFaced.
Along with seven other inspirational women and a host of celebrities, mum-of-one Rebecca had her picture taken by world renowned photographer Rankin – with nothing but a paw print on her face.
The image will feature in campaigns to urge other women to go make-up free and raise money on Friday November 14.
Rebecca said: “I was amazed and very honoured to be asked to take part in BearFaced. Children in Need supports our project and it is a good partnership. I hope it will be a talking point for women everywhere which triggers talking about the important work Children in Need does. The more women who take part in BearFaced the better.”
Singing Medicine is funded by Children in Need, which give them a grant of nearly £21,000 every year to benefit children in hospital.
The money pays for professional vocal tutors who deliver weekly sessions on the hospital’s various wards – including intensive care and oncology.
Rebecca added: “Often in hospital a child can feel they have lost all control over their life. We have designed singing games where they take control through making decisions.
“Our team is passionate about bringing the benefits of singing to children in hospital through play, singing, development of skills and deep breathing.”
Women who want to get involved in the BareFaced campaign can buy a pawprint from Boots. Visit www.bbcchildreninneed.co.uk to find out more.