A charity single recorded by hospice patients is aiming squarely at the number one spot in the charts this Christmas.
North London hospice, based in Woodside Avenue, Finchley, is represented by 12 singers in a choir of 300 patients, families, staff and volunteers from 18 London hospices.
They will take on this year’s X Factor winner for the Christmas number one with a cover of ‘The Living Years’, originally by soft-rockers Mike and the Mechanics, recorded at Abbey Road Studios.
The choir was brought together to mark the 125th anniversary of Royal Trinity Hospice in Clapham Common.
North London hospice practice educator Angie Pymm said: "Palliative care and singing are both big parts of my life so I welcomed the opportunity to use one to raise public awareness of the work of the other.
"This project has been a great way of raising the profile of the wonderful work done by hospices.
"I hope the record inspires listeners to support their local in any way they can, which will in turn help to care for the most vulnerable people in the community."
The recording is led by Paul Carrack, lead vocalist on the original 1991 version of the hit, while Hollywood director Annabel Jankel directed the video.
Paul Carrack said: "The Living Years has been an important song for me for many years, but this is the version that means the most.
"Recording it with this incredibly special group of people for such a worthwhile cause has created some kind of magic.
"I hope that everyone gets behind it this Christmas."
All profits from the sale of the single will be divided between the 18 hospices involved, helping them to support those reaching the end of their lives, and their families.
© Borehamwood Times, by Rhys Handley