Girvan’s got the X Factor

An X Factor star is set to head to Girvan next month to help out a local girl who is heading to India to teach in a primary school.

Nicholas McDonald, who was runner up in the 2013 series of the show, is set to be performing in the theatre at Girvan Academy on Wednesday June 3.

The concert is being held to fundraise for Emma Sinclair, who is currently a sixth year pupil at the school. Emma is set to head to Bangalore in August to spend a year volunteering at Adams High School teaching pupils English, English handwriting and also arts and crafts skills.

And Emma is hoping that the concert will help complete the funding for her excursion to India.

Emma said: “Hopefully there will be a big crowd on the night which will give me the last chunk of funding required. In total it’s costing £5,900 to go to India and right now I’m about £1,500 short.

“I’ve done bag packing at Asda and Marks and Spencer as well as a sponsored abseil and raffles and a tombola over the last year.”

Emma reveals that it was a family connection that made it possible to secure Nicholas for the concert.

“His Auntie lives in the same street as my Gran in Bothwell so it was basically a case of just asking her and taking things from there.

“There’s going to be local support on the night as well from other Girvan Academy pupils including Hannah MacPherson, Shannon Sockell, Natalie Purdie and Lewis Brown who will be a good warm-up for Nicholas.”

Emma was unsure what she wanted to do if she headed to University so decided to get involved with the Project Trust ran scheme.

“I didn’t know what I wanted to do at university so I decided to do this for year as I enjoyed the experience of Nepal last year. It will be my first time properly in India though I did stop off on the airport on the way to Nepal last year so I got a taste for it then.”

Emma’s Dad Andrew, chairman of South Carrick Community Leisure says ticket enquiries have already started.

He said: “Within minutes of the gig being announced on Nicholas’s website we had calls from girls in Greenock who were wanting to come down. We’re hopeful of a big crowd on the night.”

Tickets are on sale now for £15 from Mr Drennan at Girvan Academy during breaks, the Sweetie Shop, the Web Ale charity shop at 4 Glendoune Street, calling 07759 753425 or by contacting Emma directly. A limited number of tickets costing £25 will allow you to meet and have a photo taken with Nicholas.