A teenage girl has won a record deal after posting her version of a Paolo Nutini song on YouTube. The song was in memory of her mother.
Sarah Phillips, 17, recorded the song â€˜Autumnâ€™ on her mobile phone the night her mother Debbie died in February.
The family decided to upload the video onto the video-sharing website, along with a film and pictures paying tribute to 48-year-old Debbie, who had battled cancer for four years.
The film even caught the attention of Paolo Nutini who later invited Sarah to join him on a show. More than 380,000 viewers have watched the video. It was this reaction from the public, that made Sarah realise it was possible to be a performer as well as retaining her personal values.
To raise money to find a cure for cervical cancer, she has set up a website called â€˜Debbie Fundâ€. All the proceeds of her single â€œSay Itâ€™s Possibleâ€, recorded on independent label Strike Back, will go to the charity, which is aiming to raise Â£750,000.
â€œUltimately, Debbie Fund is one-of-a-kind in the fight against Cervical Cancer as nowhere else in the world is research being undertaken to find a dedicated treatment,â€ said Sarah.
â€œI want more than anything to play my part in saving at least one woman from the same fate as my lovely mummy.
â€œAnd so I hope that other people will also continue to support Debbie Fund for the sake of mothers, daughters, sisters and friends, everywhere.â€
Sarah went on to say, â€œItâ€™s strange that, out of all this, it has been the saddest year of my life, and also the happiest.â€