The touching story of a little five-year old girl’s battle with cancer has brought together an 18-year-old student from New Jersey, USA, and a children’s hospice in Stoke-on-Trent.
Ruby Owen, from Stoke-on-Trent, lost her three-year battle against a rare brain tumour on Monday, (7th January) and her story has reached across the globe and touched the heart of 18-year-old songwriter and internet star Ashley Frangipane.
Ashley has now written and recorded a song to raise money for The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice, where Ruby and her family spent their last three months together. All the profits from the download of the song “For Ruby” will go to The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice.
“I first heard about Ruby on Twitter and fell in love with this little girl. I just knew I needed to do something to help.
“This is the first original song I’ve written. A few weeks ago, as a joke, I recorded a parody of Taylor Swift’s song, “Trouble” and it got over half a million views on YouTube.
“I am hoping and praying that this time more than a million people will hear Ruby’s song and download it to raise money for the Hospice.”
“For Ruby” is available for download now for just 79p at https://itunes.apple.com/album/for-ruby-charity-single-donna/id591874634
Melanie Mills, Director of Fundraising & PR for the Hospice, said: “It is amazing that a student in the States has found out about our Hospice in Stoke-on-Trent and has decided to support us. This is a really touching story and we are very grateful to Ashley for donating all the money raised from the song to the charity.
“We rely on donations and fundraising to raise £2.4 million a year to provide specialist care and support to hundreds of children just like Ruby. Any money we raise from this song will go towards funding our work.”