Ipswich/Stowmarket: Creative Sophie, five, designs cover for charity Christmas single

IPSWICH/STOWMARKET: Not many five-year-olds can claim to have designed the cover of a music CD.

But artistic Sophie Goldsmith’s drawing of an angel has become the logo of a Christian Christmas charity single.

The Ipswich schoolgirl came up with the angelic design after her mum Louise was asked to sing on a fundraising record, called Christmas Angel, by the band Amazi.

“Sophie loves doing art and she’s so happy that her picture is being used for the single – she knows all the words to the song too,” said Mrs Goldsmith, 28, a full-time mum to Sophie, who goes to St Helen’s Primary School, and 17-month-old George.

The song is raising money for the RSVP Trust, a Christian charity that supports a number of causes, including a project which is aiming to provide clean water in poverty-stricken Rwanda.

It was written by Hil Jennings, a father-of-four from Stowmarket, who also plays keyboards on Christmas Angel.

“I wrote the song a couple of years ago, after hearing a comment on the radio that if you write a Christmas number one, you are made for life,” he said.

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“I didn’t do anything with it for about 18 months, when I played it at a jam session with some other musicians and they suggested I record it.

“We still needed someone to sing it and luckily we found Lou through a musicians’ website.

“We were looking for a design for the cover and Sophie came up with a lovely picture of an angel.”

The song was recorded at Punch Studios in Ipswich by a collective of musicians from various churches across Suffolk going under the name of Amazi, which is the Rwandan word for water.

Mr Jennings, 52, who works as a piano tuner, had been inspired to raise money for Rwanda since a trip to the impoverished African country with the RSVP Trust 10 years ago and decided to donate the proceeds of the song to the cause.

The track is also dedicated to the memory of Sophie Ellis, from Battisford, who died last year aged 18 from a rare cancer.

Sophie’s parents, who are friends of Mr Jennings and his wife Jill, have raised �5,000 for the RSVP Trust after launching the Sophie’s Well fund.

Christmas Angel can be downloaded from iTunes and Amazon, or from www.rsvptrust.co.uk/christmasangel

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