East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) will benefit from this year’s X Factor Charity Single. The cover of the Rose Royce classic, ’Wishing on a Star’ recorded by the 16 X Factor finalists alongside boy band giants One Direction and JLS will be releasing a charity single in aid of Together For Short Lives.
The artists will release their cover of the Rose Royce classic ‘Wishing On a Star’ via download on November 27th and via physical single on November 28th, on Syco Music.
Together For Short Lives, the organisation supporting children and young people unlikely to reach adulthood and their families, will receive all the net record company proceeds from sales of the single this year.
As well as supporting important UK wide work, the large majority of the proceeds will go to local services supporting children and families, including EACH.
More than £100,000 was donated to EACH via the Children’s Hospices UK corporate membership scheme last year- and EACH hopes the X Factor single will raise the profile of the amazing work they do in supporting life-threatened children and their families. Please note Children’s Hospices UK joined with ACT (Association for Children’s Palliative Care) in October to become ‘Together for Short Lives.’
Simon Cowell, who has worked closely with children’s hospices for many years, said: “Having worked at close hand with this charity and seeing the amazing work they do for kids and their families who need help and support, I am thrilled that the X Factor single this year will benefit this charity.”
Graham Butland, EACH Chief Executive, said: “We’re delighted that this year’s X Factor charity single will benefit EACH and the many other children’s hospices across the country.
“The X Factor is watched by millions of people every week and I hope they will go out and buy the single and show they care this Christmas.”
Barbara Gelb, CEO of Together For Shorter Lives, said: “We are delighted to be the beneficiary of this year’s X Factor charity single. The money raised from this single gives us the opportunity to improve the lives of these children and families – and crucially raise awareness of the valuable support they need, wherever they live and for as long as they need it. Every single bought – either on line or through the high street – will make such a difference.’”
The sixteen acts performing on the single are: the boys, Frankie Cocozza, Craig Colton, Marcus Collins and James Michael; the girls, Janet Devlin, Amelia Lily, Sophie Habibis and Misha Bryan; the groups, Nu Vibe, Rhythmix, The Risk and 2 Shoes; and the overs, Kitty Brucknell, Johnny Robinson, Jonjo Kerr and Sami Brookes.
Marcus Collins says: “It’s a fantastic song choice, filled with hope. This song is one of my favourites of all time.”
Frankie Cocozza says: “This is a brilliant thing to be doing for a brilliant charity.”
Charlie from The Risk says: “All four boys in The Risk are honoured to be a part of this single, and hopefully make a difference to people’s lives.”
Sophie Habibis says: “I love this song and can’t wait to release it. I hope it does really well and raises a lot of money for the charity.”
Stefan from Nu Vibe says: “It’s good that we’re doing this for a less well known charity, giving some much needed exposure.”
Kitty Brucknell says: “It’s incredible to be able to give something back and hopefully help a lot of people.”
Craig Colton says: “It’s an honour to record this song, and an honour to be a part of a charity with such a great cause.”
Jonjo Kerr says: “When I first entered the competition I always wanted to make the final 16 so I could take part in the charity single and help raise lots of money.”