Teen raises hundreds for Dudley Zoo with virtual singing event

By Jordan Reynolds | Willenhall | Attractions | Published:

A teenager has raised hundreds of pounds for Dudley Zoo by organising a weekly virtual singing event during lockdown.

Trudy Bethell, from Willenhall, holding online fundraising events to raise funds for animal charities during lockdown

Trudy Bethell, from Willenhall, heard about Dudley Zoo's financial struggles after having to close due to the coronavirus outbreak and decided to do something to help.

The 17-year-old, whose stage name is Alicia Rebecca, started Singing for the Animals, an online group where acts perform each weekend in exchange for donations.

More than £400 has been raised for Dudley Zoo to date, and Trudy said she will be starting to fund raise for other causes for animals in the next few weeks.

The retail worker said: "I saw Dudley Zoo on the news so wanted to raise money for it. Then we're going to raise money for other animal charities after.

"We've raised £495 for Dudley Zoo so far.

"We do it from 12pm to 10pm and we have all different acts, including myself, we do about 45 minutes each and sing live.

"We've got over 600 members in the group at the moment. I only started the group about four or five weeks ago.

"It's been really good, we've had a good response."

To join, search for Singing for the Animals on Facebook or visit

Jordan Reynolds

By Jordan Reynolds
Reporter - @jreynolds_star

Senior reporter at the Express & Star.

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