Singing in the rain became a reality today for Ava's choir who took to the lawn at the Houses of Parliament as part of the Campagin to Combat Youth Unemployment.
Joined by singer and Battlefront supporter Paloma Faith, the 13 strong choir combined harmonies in a rousing accapella rendition of Heather Small's 'Proud'.
Battlefront campaigner Ava was beaming with happiness as the performance, despite bad weather, brought further media attention to the campaign.
Paloma Faith spoke of her support for Ava, the unemployed choir and for Battlefront's efforts to draw attention to the 1 million plus unemployed young people in Britain.
"As someone who did a degree and then a masters and to come out the other side of that and find myself working in bars just to make ends meet, I totally understand how these young people are struggling at the moment.", she said.
Battlefront campaigner Ava was over the moon with the efforts of the choir, made up of young unemployed, eager to work recruits. They've given their time up to rehearse for the campaign and today's performance was a chance to consolidate their efforts. Enthused by the support of Paloma Faith, choir members spoke of their 'empowerment' and 'renewed energy' that has come from being part of the Battlefront experience. They hope to continue singing together even after the campaign draws to a close.
With two weeks left to drum up as much coverage as possible, Ava is hopeful the momentum can keep building. "My job is to take what we've been working on here with the choir and the campaign as a whole and get in front of the decision makers. It's been great to have someone like Paloma involved who really cares about the issue and knows what it feels like. With more and more attention we can hopefully give rise to change by making our leaders sit up and take notice. That's the aim, to sit down with them and talk about what real efforts can be put into practice now."