A TEENAGER is doing her bit to help the Australian bushfire crisis by releasing a charity single.

Lois Star, 18, from Great Dunmow, was inspired to write a song after seeing the devastating fires across Australia on social media.

The singer songwriter, who stages regular gigs in Braintree, wrote charity single ‘Beautiful’ in Run Wild Studios in Great Bardfield and worked with Jamie Sellers to produce the track.

She said: “I decided to do this because it’s horrible what is happening in the world right now.

“Obviously with social media we can see it more and you follow people, like singers and songwriters in Australia and it’s horrible to see.

“I’ve built up a following and I feel like I should give back and I want to do that through my love of music.

“Something needs to be done and helping the firefighters’ work is a great way to support them.

“Without them the bushfires would rage on.”

All proceeds from the single will go towards Penny Appeals Australian Bushfire Emergency, who are working to provide firefighters with essential water, sunscreen and burn protection.

Since September, major cities in Australia have been engulfed in smoke from hundreds of bushfires across the country.

So far 28 people have died and more than 3,000 homes have been destroyed.

About half a billion animals are also thought to have been killed.

Lois added: “The song is available on Thursday on all major streaming services and I’ve set up a just giving page for any donations.

“So far I’ve raised about £50 but I would like to get into the hundreds – maybe £300 and hopefully more.

“I would like to do some more stuff like this in the future and raise more money for charity.

“I am going to see how this goes.

“It was quite spontaneous and quick, you can’t really plan much for this sort of thing.”

‘Beautiful’ is available to download on all music platforms.

To donate, search for Lois Star Music on justgiving.com.