A TRIO of adorable sisters have paid a heartwarming musical tribute to their beloved grandmother, who they have been unable to see since the coronavirus outbreak began.
Sadie, 10, Penny, 7, and Darey, 4, from Derry used to love their family visits over to England to see their grandmother, Sadie Harkin, at her home over in Stockport.
However, the pandemic has put paid to such trips for the time being, at least.
With the three young children stuck and home and missing their grandparents, they decided to put their efforts into a special treat to help them stay connected with their beloved relatives abroad.
Enlisting the help of local musician Roy Arbuckle, the three grandchildren decided to create a song and music video for their much-missed grandma to enjoy at home.
The result was My Granny was a Factory Girl, an ode to their grandmother’s roots as a factory worker back in Ireland.
Sadie was one of the thousands of women who worked in the factories of Derry, a noted hotspot for textiles manufacturing in the 19th century and early 20th century.
The industry has all but disappeared today, yet the legacy of those hardworking women lives on thanks to songs like this.
Yet My Granny was a Factory Girl is no simple ode to their grandmother’s efforts – it has also been created to raise money for a good cause.
The song has been created to support the incredible work of The Foyle Hospice, which provides compassionate palliative care to individuals with a life-limiting illness and their families.
The Derry hospice has been hit hard during the pandemic and unprecedented financial crisis, with every donation making a huge difference to the service it provides.
The sisters have smashed their initial fundraising target of £250, having raised £1,029 at the time of writing.
Anyone wishing to make a donation – however small – can do so here.