Jane to release a song for Josie

A songwriter who performed at Josie Grove's funeral after a chance meeting with her father is to release a charity single to raise money for other young people with leukaemia.

A songwriter who performed at Josie Grove's funeral after a chance meeting with her father is to release a charity single to raise money for other young people with leukaemia.

Jane Armstrong, 31, of Beverly Terrace, Cullercoats, was busking on Gateshead Quayside last year when she was approached by the teenager's father, Cliff Grove.

Jewellery designer Cliff, of Princes Street, Corbridge, Northumberland, was out walking while Josie and her mum Jacqui were taking a boat trip along the Tyne and was so moved by Jane's singing he asked her to keep in touch.

When Josie tragically died three weeks ago after a two-year battle with leukaemia, Cliff decided to ring Jane and asked her if she would like to perform at a celebration into his daughter's inspirational life. Now Jane is hoping to release the song she performed on the day as a single to raise money for Josie's leukaemia fund.

Jane, who has been a singer-songwriter for 15 years, said: "I was absolutely honoured to perform at the celebration into Josie's life. She was an incredible young woman and did so much for other people.

"Both Cliff and Jacqui have displayed such strength and dignity through everything they have gone through."

Jane has written a song inspired by Josie called Dragonflies, which she hopes to release as a CD single to raise money for other young cancer victims.

Cliff added: "When I first met Jane, I was so moved by how beautiful her voice was I just had to introduce myself. We kept in touch and I was so pleased she was able to perform at the celebration in Josie's life."

 

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