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Hip hop for the Treehouse Appeal
Josh Dowell
Josh Dowell 'felt lucky to be alive' after hearing about the EACH hospice

A teenage rapper from Lowestoft has recorded a track to raise money for the EACH Treehouse Appeal.

Josh Dowell is to donate proceeds from his song The Revolution to the charity, which is raising £3m for a new children's hospice in Ipswich.

"It's to help people in general who listen and it's helping the charity kids," said Josh.

"I might not be able to change people but I might be able to spark the minds of change in people."

The 16-year-old's song begins with a dedication to the families who are supported by East Anglia's Children's Hospices.

"We looked at the reasons for what they're doing and they seemed a suitable [charity to donate to]. We spoke to some people at EACH, they thought it was a good idea, so it went from there," said Josh.

The lyrics are not based around the hospice, or the work of the charity, but instead focus on other issues affecting young people today.

Josh said he wants his friends to think about their lives and to spare a thought for those less fortunate.

"It's to open up their eyes and to think 'I know what he's on about there'.

"Smoking weed all the time, taking drugs, is just pointless. I've hung around with mates who have done it and it takes over your life - every day, getting stoned, getting stoned. It's stupid.

"I think it's good for kids to open their eyes up and think 'why are we doing this? I've got a life, what's the point in doing this?'"

Family support

Josh has received support from his mother, Jackie.

"I'm not into rap, I don't really know about rap, but I thought 'this sounds quite good'," she said.

"I said to him, 'what made you think about that?' He said, 'well because I feel quite lucky to be alive, mum, and these kids are dying. I've never really thought about that before'.

"He wanted to say 'this is not what we should be doing, we should be thinking about these other kids that have no choice - they can't fulfil their dreams or ambitions'."

The EACH hospice supports life-threatened children and their families.

Ms Dowell said her son's music has made her fully appreciate what they have.

"We make so much of Christmas and this year, I actually don't care about the present situation," she said.

"I'm just so relieved that I can sit down and have a meal with my family.

"I'll have it in the back of my mind that there is going to be a family out there who have lost their child this Christmas, or are going to have to face next Christmas without them."

You can purchase and download Josh's song via iTunes: Josh Dowell, The Revolution

Donate now

To give money directly to the Treehouse Appeal, please send a cheque made payable to "EACH Treehouse Appeal" to:

EACH Treehouse Appeal, Epsilon House, West Road, Ipswich, IP3 9FJ

The appeal donation line number is 01473 276116.

Donate online at EACH Treehouse Appeal .

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