Schoolboy with type 1 diabetes releases festive songs for charity

Jack Woodfield
Wed, 21 Dec 2016
Schoolboy with type 1 diabetes releases festive songs for charity
A schoolboy with type 1 diabetes is hoping to raise money for the condition by releasing a Christmas EP with his grandpa.

Ten-year-old Alex McGinty (pictured, left), who is a member of the McCallum's School of Music in Scotland, has teamed up with his grandpa Joe (pictured, right) and fellow student Louiza Smith, aged 11, to release the tracks.

The trio have recorded four festive tracks and pledged all monies raised will be donated to charity Diabetes UK.

Alex's grandad, who is a retired lorry driver, told the Daily Record newspaper that his grandson has been a "champion for the cause" since his diagnosis three years ago.

The 60-year-old said: "He's got a great team behind him at Wishaw [General] Hospital and it's just Alex's way of paying them back. I wrote the lyrics and played the backing track for them and we recorded Alex and Louiza's voices.

"We looked at the songs, especially the song Let's Build a Snowman, and realised it was more of a two-part song and decided all of them could be played as a two-part.

"Then we brought them both in, got them in front of a big screen for a photoshoot for the CD with them posing and throwing snowballs."

Alex, who is a pupil of St Columbkille's Primary School in Rutherglen, Glasgow, has already gained a large Facebook following for his performances, having gained 25,000 likes on his page.

Also an actor, he has previously appeared alongside former Baywatch star David Hasselhoff in the pantomime Peter Pan.

He also won several talent competitions including Open Mics UK, Quest 4 Talent and Junior Talent Fest UK.

To find out more visit Alex’s Facebook page here.

Picture: Daily Record
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