Leah records festive hymn in support of EB charity

Leah Barniville is asking fans who watch the video to make a donation to Debra Ireland

Leah Barniville is asking fans to support Debra Ireland

Fiona Dillon

One of the Irish stars of Britain's Got Talent has recorded and released her own version of the traditional Christmas hymn O Holy Night, just in time for the festive season.

Leah Barniville (18) is asking fans who watch the video to make a donation to Debra Ireland, the charity which provides day-to-day help and support for people with the painful skin condition epidermolysis bullosa (EB).

EB causes the skin - both inside and out - to blister and wound at the slightest touch and the only treatment for the condition is painful bandaging to prevent infection.

The singer from Ratoath, Co Meath, said she wanted to do what she could to support Debra Ireland.


"My dad has been a supporter of the charity for some time now and for the past couple of years I have held concerts for other charities," said Barniville.

"Part of their work is to fund research programmes to find better treatments and possible cures for EB, and I am delighted to do whatever I can to help that."

O Holy Night is the latest in a series of singles from the talented soprano, whose appearance on talent competition Britain's Got Talent wowed the judges and has been viewed more than 50 million times on YouTube.

In 2017, at the age of 14, her operatic voice prompted a standing ovation from all four judges and the audience in both her audition and semi-final, helping to kick start her career.

"Performing on Britain's Got Talent was a really amazing experience which gave me the opportunity to sing in amazing venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, which was one of the highlights of my career so far," she said.

Watch Barniville's version of O Holy Night on debraireland.org, to donate €4 to Debra Ireland, text BUTTERFLY to 50300.