Young Leeds carer aiming for the stars with sisterly support

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A young carer with a passion for performance is hoping to wow the judges on Sunday.

Becky Holmes, from Bramhope, only started to develop her love for music at Christmas after being introduced to The Woolpack Studio, in Otley, for weekly sessions put on by Barnardo’s Willow Young Carers project.

Becky Holmes, 12, at The Woolpack Studios in Otley. Picture by Gary Longbottom

Becky Holmes, 12, at The Woolpack Studios in Otley. Picture by Gary Longbottom

Alongside her mum Linda, the 12-year-old cares for her big sister Lucy, 19, who has Angelman Syndrome – a rare condition that affects her nervous system, communication and mobility.

Having already performed during the Tour de France Grand Depart’s passage through Otley and at Roundhay Park for Breeze Has Talent 2014, Becky is hoping to entertain both the judges and her watching sister at the Open Mic UK Regional Finals at Sheffield O2 Academy on Sunday.

Her mum Linda Holmes, who is a full-time carer for Lucy, told the YEP: “It’s really emotional, it brings tears to our eyes. Lucy loves to listen to her sister singing and Becky wants to write a song to raise awareness of Angelman Syndrome.

“Hopefully she will do well in the competition, and if she doesn’t, she’s 12 and has got a naturally nice sounding voice. She’s done really well.”

The Prince Henry’s Grammar School pupil auditioned at talent contest Open Mic UK in Exeter and is now hoping to win a place at the national finals. Open Mic UK’s top prize includes £5,000 and recording studio time.

Becky’s dad Richard added: “Since she started at the Woolpack her confidence has grown, her singing voice has developed and her musical talent for the guitar and the keyboard has developed. She’s gone from quite a shy person to her confidence going through the roof.”

The family is hoping Becky’s performances will help raise awareness of the Angelman Syndrome support charity Assert.

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