Bury St Edmunds teenager raises £317 for children's home on her first outing as a busker
A teenage busker wowed shoppers while raising money for a children's home last weekend.
Frankie, Freeman, 14, played her guitar and sang for three hours in Bury St Edmunds town centre on Sunday.
She hoped to raise as much money as she could in the hope of buying presents she spotted on a wishlist on Amazon for youngsters at Bury St Edmunds Children's Home.
Frankie expected to raise around £30 but proved such a hit with Christmas shoppers, she raised £317 and nearly bought the whole wishlist.
"I was really nervous at first but I people were so kind and a raised £80 in the first hour," said Frankie, whose mum, Michelle, runs the arts group, The Crafty Foxes.
"I did a mixture of covers such as Santa Baby, Kiss Me, by Ed Sheeran, and Somewhere only We know, by Lilly Allen, and some of my own songs.
"It was a bit rainy and cold in the afternoon but I managed three hour long sessions."
Some of the gifts Frankie was able to buy included laser guns, gift cards, insect habitats, cuddle blankets and false nails.
Frankie, a student at King Edward VI school, wants to work in performing arts in the future.
"Thanks to everyone who donated," she said.
"My sign said what I was raising for and I was thrilled to be able to buy the children at the home, so many gifts.
"I've done open mics before now but it was great to raise so much on my first time out busking."