A North Devon music student who has overcome anxiety and depression is embarking on a three day gigging tour to raise money for charity.
As part of her studies at Petroc, singer songwriter Annaliese Dumont will be playing at three local venues alongside support acts to raise money for the mental health charity MIND.
The 19-year-old from Chulmleigh says it is a way for her to give something back after receiving support to fight clear of her own issues with anxiety and depression, enabling her to get on with her life.
The music performance student is organising three shows in one week, starting on Monday, March 19 at the Cove Boutique in Barnstaple, together with two solo support acts.
On Wednesday, March 21 she will be at The Coaching Inn, South Molton with another support act and on March 23 she will be at The Buccaneers Bar, Crediton, together with a pianist.
Entry is by £3 at the door, or people can pay just £5 on the first night and attend all three shows.
All shows begin at 8pm and there will be collections on the night and people are welcome to make a donation to MIND if they wish.
Audiences can expect a range of genres – Annaliese writes and sings ballads but also says she is happy singing a real mix of music from James Arthur to Ed Sheeran.
Explaining why she chose MIND, Annaliese said: “For pretty much all my life I have struggled with confidence issues and anxiety.
“It got to a point where it all got a bit too much, I did not deal with things very well and sank into a depression.
“It’s not been the easiest thing in the world and I feel that there are so many more people out there who need more help and support. I feel that people don’t get the help they need and then don’t want to be here and do the worst things you can imagine.”
Annaliese received counselling at the Depression and Anxiety Service (DAS) in Barnstaple and is now looking to the future.
She said: “They have helped me so much, it’s just nice to have an opportunity like this where I can give something back.”