Hospice song in race for Christmas number one

Voices of angels: Pupils from Sheffield Park Academy with the Lord Mayor at Bluebell Wood.
Voices of angels: Pupils from Sheffield Park Academy with the Lord Mayor at Bluebell Wood.
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YOUNGSTERS from a Sheffield school are appealing for the city to look a little closer to home when choosing which festive song to buy this Christmas.

There might be big names vying for the number one spot this year, but pupils from Sheffield Park Academy are hoping to make their charity single Stand Together a contender in the race.

Children from Years Seven and Eight have put their angelic voices to Stand Together – a tune penned by their music teacher Julian Rowe – for chosen charity Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, North Anston.

The choir of students have already belted out the single in front of thousands of football fans at a Sheffield Wednesday match and on television during the UK Snooker Championships in York.

But the most meaningful performance came when they delivered it to an audience of staff, patients, families and Coun John Campbell, Lord Mayor of Sheffield, for the official launch.

Mr Rowe said: “We wanted to do something different to help raise funds for the hospice, hence Stand Together.”

With just over a week of buying time left before this year’s Christmas number one is announced, teachers are encouraging the people of Sheffield to choose to support their chart-topping mission.

Gail Parkin, fundraiser for Bluebell Wood, said: “This is a wonderful way to help raise funds for the hospice.

“We’re incredibly grateful to Sheffield Park Academy for all its support and the enthusiasm and dedication of everyone involved.”

Stand Together is now available to buy from official download sites, with a CD version available from the Bluebell Wood website, or at one of its local charity shops.