THE CHART topping ‘People’s Soprano’ is lending her support to a Bromsgrove-based charity for the homeless.
Rebecca Newman has been named as the patron of Socks and Chocs, a cause which collects, buys and distributes bundles of socks, chocolate, sleeping bags and underwear to the homeless community of Birmingham.
Founded by Ian Northolt in 2010, Socks and Chocs does not appeal for money but aims instead to inspire people to donate or run a collection themselves.
Ian said: “Rebecca is a perfect fit for our charity because of her background working on the streets as a musician and in care work when she was a young adult.”
Rebecca made history last September as the first unsigned soprano to top the Official UK Classic Music Chart and has raised over £11,000 for her designated charities in recent years.
She said: “As a busker, homelessness was something I was regularly in contact with so it is a subject close to my heart.
“I agreed wholeheartedly to be a patron, but on the condition that I would not just be a figurehead. I want to get stuck in and help raise the profile of the charity.”
True to her word Rebecca, who is currently on tour with classical artist Russell Watson, plans to start a special project this month that will run until Christmas.
She added: “It will be a musical community campaign that will help take the message of Socks and Chocs out to the rest of the UK.”
Rebecca will also run a collection at her concert on July 16 at Lichfield Garrick Theatre to offically launch her role as patron.
Any choirs that would like to be involved in the community project should email firstname.lastname@example.org whilst www.socksandchocs.co.uk has information on how to get involved with the charity.