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Adam Isaac pens song for homelessness cause

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: February 14, 2013

By Fran McElhone

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MUSICIAN Adam Isaac has written a song to mark a city homelessness charity's 20th anniversary.

BBC1's The Voice star (pictured), from Bradninch, is supporting the Exeter YMCA's effort to highlight the issue of youth homelessness.

"I was shocked to hear that one in every 100 young people in the UK experiences homelessness, and I really wanted to do something about it," said Adam said.

Since opening in 1993, the Exeter YMCA has housed more than 500 local young people experiencing homelessness, giving them a safe and secure place to call home as well as support to help them get their lives back on track.

As part of the initiative Adam visited the charity's Housing Project and met some of the homeless young people who currently live there.

Sophie Hodge, community relations manager, said: "Adam immediately connected with the young people and was fantastic at listening to their stories.

"He got his guitar out and started writing music with them.

"The young people loved it, not only because they were song writing with him but also because they felt like their voices were being heard."

Adam is set to perform the anniversary song for the first time at the sponsored sleep-out event on Saturday, March 16, at the Guildhall Shopping Centre.

Sleep Easy challenges members of the public to sleep rough so that others don't have to. The charity is hoping more than 500 people will sleep out for the fundraiser.

Adam will also join other musicians in playing a set on the night.

"It's going to be a really exciting event," said Adam. "This was something I definitely wanted to be involved in and encourage as many people as possible to sign up and support the work of this great local charity."

Event organiser Tom Wyatt added: "It would be wonderful to have 500 members of the public sleep out with us and also quite symbolic – as it would closely represent the number of homeless people we have housed since we opened 20 years ago."

The event will start at 8pm and finish at 7am the next day. Teas and coffees will be available throughout the night.

For more information or to register online visit, www.sleep easyexeter.org.uk

Alternatively call Tom on, 01392 410530, email events@exeterymca.org.uk, or text "sleep" to 07535 463178 and Tom will call you back.

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