High-fly­ing Astrid leads roar for Jess

Southport Visiter - - Front Page - BY KATE MCMULLIN kate.mcmullin@reach­plc.com @seftone­cho Press­Reader.com +1 604 278 4604

ASOUTHPORT singer got a whole easyJet plane of pas­sen­gers clap­ping with her im­por­tant an­nouncemnt.

Nine-year-old Astrid Smith stood up in front of a plane full of hol­i­day-go­ers in a bid to spread the mes­sage and gar­ner sup­port for a lit­tle girl fight­ing can­cer.

In a video, posted on Twit­ter, the Voice Kids con­tes­tant is given the mi­cro­phone by a cabin crew mem­ber. She then in­tro­duces her­self and tells pas­sen­gers that what she is about to do is “for Jess who is in her last cou­ple of days of life”.

She then bursts into song with a ren­di­tion of Amy Whine­house’s Va­lerie.

Wear­ing a #roar­for­jess T-shirt, the tal­ented school­girl showed off her unique singing voice.

And, when it gets to the cho­rus, the crowd joins in, clap­ping along to the hit tune. The per­for­mance was in sup­port of a lit­tle girl called Jess, who has been bravely bat­tling neu­rob­las­toma – a form of can­cer – for seven years.

It is un­der­stood the 10-yearold is re­ceiv­ing end-of-life care and is in her fi­nal few days.

Along­side the video, which was shared on Astrid’s of­fi­cial Twit­ter ac­count, a mes­sage reads: “Please RT to ev­ery­one you can think of and get #roar­for­jess around the world. @easyJet @ Roar­For­Jess we did it and spread the mes­sage in the skies!!!

“Who­ever you know tag them and get Jess trend­ing.”

The video of Astrid, who is de­scribed as “the youngest Jazz and Blues singer in the UK” has been viewed al­most 8,000 times since it was posted. And many have praised her per­for­mance.

Bret Law­son wrote: “This will be re­mem­bered as one of her defin­ing mo­ments, such a self­less act of kind­ness, love the shirt!”

Twit­ter user Wi­catty wrote: “Oh well done Astrid! What a lit­tle star you are. Thank you and thanks to easyJet for help­ing you.”

Astrid, from South­port, took over the tan­noy on­board an Easyjet flight and got ev­ery­one clap­ping

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