Budding musician Ruby takes award

Twelve year-old Ruby Jones has won the Fundraising Champion Diana Award after raising more than �1,000 for charity by busking at the Junction 32 outlet, Glasshoughton.'p312a450
Twelve year-old Ruby Jones has won the Fundraising Champion Diana Award after raising more than �1,000 for charity by busking at the Junction 32 outlet, Glasshoughton.'p312a450

Caring Castleford youngster Ruby Jones has won an award after using her musical talent to raise more than £1,000 for charity.

The 12-year-old won the Diana Champion Fundraiser award after showcasing her talents by busking at Glass Houghton’s Junction 32 shopping centre.

She was presented with her prize at a ceremony at Leeds United’s Elland Road stadium last Tuesday.

Proud mum Linda Jones, of Townville, said: “I am so proud of Ruby. for giving up her time and helping other people. She is also so talented, which makes me incredibly proud when I see her singing.”

The Pontefract King’s School pupil first started busking around 18 months ago at the O2 store at Junction 32, where Mrs Jones works.

She has raised cash for British Heart Foundation, the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, the Roundabout Homeless Charity and Cancer Research.

Ruby said: “I first started singing when I was a pupil at Halfpenny Lane primary school.

“I was always the least confident one and my performing arts teacher suggested I started singing.”

The youngster got the chance to meet X Factor stars Jack Walton, from Castleford, and Rough Copy at the awards ceremony.

She added: “The ceremony was absolutely amazing and it was great to see other people my age doing good things for charity too.”

Ruby will be performing a selection of Christmas songs on BBC Radio Leeds on Christmas Eve from 7am-9am.

You can follow Ruby on Twitter (@RubyJonesMusic) or search Ruby Jones on YouTube.