Ross-on-Wye songwriter continues to make a musical stand against slavery

By Catherine Barkley in Local People

A charity single, released in November last year, has now raised more than £500 for Safe From Slavery, a national charity which supports women rescued from sex-trafficking in the UK

The song was written by April Shipton, from Ross-on-Wye, and her friend, Amy Box. It is entitled Thirteen, because this is the average age of sex-trafficking victims in the UK.

The £500 barrier was broken when April received a generous donation of £50 last month. She told the Gazette:?“The donation, made by a close friend, came through the post with a beautiful letter which said, ‘Thank you so much for your CD Thirteen, which you have produced for the charity Safe From Slavery. I have enjoyed it enormously and I think it is brilliant. I especially love the blend of your voices. Please accept the enclosed gift for the work of the charity. I hope to hear of many more opportunities of you using your gift of singing.’

“I was absolutely speechless when I read the letter and the £50 cheque fell out. It’s such an incredibly kind thing to do and a very meaningful gesture of support. I am grateful to each and every person who has supported the song in any way, including Howdens in Ross-on-Wye and PromoDiscs.co.uk who made CD production possible.”

April added:?“Reaching the landmark of £500 feels like an amazing achievement, and combined with my friend’s comments in his letter has fuelled a new determination to take every singing opportunity that comes my way – so this month I’m launching a campaign to reach 500 people online with my music.”

April is a member of Ross Baptist Church, and she has written other songs, about her passion for worship. Two of her other songs, ‘Invincible God’ and ‘Who Is This King?’ have been accepted onto iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Music, Google Play Music and even more music distribution sites.

She said:?“I’m now reaching out to music-lovers across the country to come and follow my journey on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and SoundCloud.

“As a Christian singer/songwriter, it’s my goal to provide soulful, authentic worship music that will really touch people and help them get closer to God.”

To find out more about April, and to listen to her music, visit her website:www.aprilshipton.co.uk.

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