The X Factor charity single, a cover of Rose Royce classic ‘Wishing on a Star’, has gone to number one in the music charts and local charity EACH is set to benefit. The single was released on Sunday, 27 November and is performed by the last sixteen contestants in the X Factor programme as well as JLS and One Direction.
All net proceeds will go to Together for Short Lives who work to ensure that all families of children unlikely to reach adulthood can make the most of their lives, with money raised going to 50 organisations including East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) to help local children and their families.
An appeal film shown on the night featured the Lloyd family who have three lively boys diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy; ordinary people leading extraordinary lives. The Lloyd family will be in the front row at the Wembley studio on the night as special VIP guests of the show.
Families like the Lloyds are supported by Together for Short Lives, the only charity representing the estimated 23,500 children. The charity was handpicked by Simon Cowell, who is a patron and has supported the organisation for a number of years.
Simon Cowell, patron of Together for Short Lives comments on his involvement in the charity: “I have seen first-hand the invaluable care and support they offer to thousands of young people and their families, so I am thrilled that the X Factor charity single this year will benefit this charity.
“Whenever I spend time with these children and families, I realise just how many challenges they face. And when I visit the places that help them, like a children’s hospice, it is clear to see that they are an incredible lifeline to the families that use them. But they are more than just a building and a lot of support is also given in the home. And it’s not just the kids, it’s the parents and well brothers and sisters that need help.
“Every one of these services relies on the public’s generosity to maintain what they’re doing, otherwise they don’t exist – that’s the reality.
“The X Factor charity single is an opportunity to help them.”
Graham Butland, Chief Executive of EACH commented, “The X Factor Single gives EACH an extraordinary and unique opportunity to tell the public about the issues that face children and the families we support. There are some excellent care services out there, but families need much more support as they tell us how difficult it can be to find the right support at the right time. We want to see well co-ordinated services which are available from the moment a child is diagnosed, wherever families want them, for as long as they are needed”.
SEE AND HEAR THE SONG
The single costs £3.99 and is available online and in high street stores – download http://xfactor.togetherforshortlives.org.uk.