A 10-year-old city school pupil will busk in the city to raise money for the homeless.

Macy O’Neill is fresh from a stint on stage at the New Alexandra Theatre, where she appeared in a five-day production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in Birmingham over the summer.

Now, as well as singing on the streets, the Abberley Hall School pupil is also preparing for the regional final of Open Mic UK tonight (October 20) – which will be streamed live online.

Mum Naomi Waterson said Macy “came crashing down” after the excitement of her theatre run in June, in which she played the prominent part of Jemima.

She said: “When we got home, I said to her: ‘what next?’

“She said she wanted to use her voice to help the homeless.”

Macy has been on numerous auditions in recent months, spending plenty of time in London, and her mum said the amount of homeless people there had a big impact on her.

Any money raised, the young star plans to donate to St Paul’s Hostel, in Tallow Hill.

Macy sang the folk classic The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face during her Open Mic audition in Liverpool last month, receiving industry feedback from the judges.

And since then she’s even had sessions with X Factor vocal coach, Annabel Williams as part of the run up to tonight’s show.

The eventual overall winner of the competition stands to be given a recording contract.

A Britain’s Got Talent (BGT) audition looms next month, while Macy is also hoping to win a role in next year’s Annie The Musical.

“Macy’s absolutely loving it all,” said Naomi, from Highley. “And her voice has changed completely with the coaching. You stand there thinking, how does that come out of a 10-year-old’s mouth? She’s got such a good voice, we can only support her.”