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Teenage singer from Sudbury set to perform online concert to support Cancer Research in memory of late father




A teenage singer-songwriter from Sudbury is taking her musical talents online for a special live-stream performance this weekend, to support a cancer charity, in honour of her late father.

Ormiston Sudbury Academy student Phoebe Austin will stage an online concert from her home, via Facebook Live, tomorrow night, performing a mix of her original songs and covers, to raise money and awareness for Cancer Research UK.

The event is being held in memory of the 16-year-old's father Matt, a police officer and long-time member of Sudbury Rugby Club, who died last May, at the age of 39, after a short battle with cancer.

Teenager Phoebe Austin has been signed to a record label. PICTURE: Mecha Morton.
Teenager Phoebe Austin has been signed to a record label. PICTURE: Mecha Morton.

Phoebe's mum Claire told the Free Press: "Phoebe has gone through a very difficult year. Her dad was very young and it all happened very quickly.

"Because of lockdown, she has had to deal with her grief away from the support network of friends and family she would usually have.

"This concert is combining her love of music with a cause that's close to her heart. She has never done anything like this before, so it's very heart-warming for me. I'm just really proud of her.

"She has been really strong and quite an inspiration, and she has helped to keep me strong as well."

To watch the concert, which begins at 7pm on Saturday, click here.

The donations link in aid of Cancer Research can be found here.

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