Local college release charity Christmas single
Fleetwood Town have single that highlights the issue of child poverty and aims to raise money for charity.Christmas shown their support to campaign by The Blackpool Sixth Form College and local schools who have released a
Bobby Grant and Ash Eastham took time out of a training to back the Christmas song entitled ‘A Christmas Miracle’ that is released on Friday 2nd December on iTunes for 79p, as well as other platforms, with all proceeds being donated to The Children’s Society.
Early indications are that the song is going to be a big hit with it entering the iTunes chart and climbing quickly to the top twenty ahead of many renowned artists such as Ariana Grande and above the all-time Christmas classic 'Fairytale of New York'.
The Blackpool Tower lit up in the colour of the song's artwork to demonstrate the support of the whole Fylde Coast behind the song and its message and comedian Peter Kay was pictured holding the #BeTheMiracle campaign sign after his performance last night in Blackpool.
Teachers and students at The Blackpool Sixth Form College have composed and produced the song. Ten schools from across the Fylde coast of Lancashire joined up with Blackpool Sixth Form College students and a number of community music groups as well as local companies to record the single.
The song makes use of the Christmas story to deliver a hopeful message about how people can act together to ‘turn the world around’. The focus on child poverty has a particular relevance in Blackpool where the percentage of children living in poverty is 30.6% (against a national average of 21.4% and a North West average of 19.2%*).
Schools across the UK are also being sent the lyrics and backing track so they have can get involved on social media tweeting their versions of the song along with the #BeTheMiracle hashtag to raise awareness nationally.
The money raised will support the charity’s work to improve the lives of the most vulnerable 10-18 year olds across the county. The Children’s Society campaigns on many issues that affect vulnerable children and also runs services in Lancashire and across the country for and children on the streets affected by sexual exploitation, those missing from home and advocacy services and early family support.
The Children’s Society’s Chief Executive, Matthew Reed, said:
“We’re absolutely thrilled that The Blackpool Sixth Form College and so many schools and community groups in Lancashire have teamed up to launch this this uplifting song to raise awareness and support vulnerable children this festive season.
“Christmas can be a particularly difficult time for so many young people and we are truly grateful to everyone involved in putting this single together and also those who buy it. Funds raised from this single will help us continue our life-changing work with children and young people who have nowhere left to turn.”
Blackpool Sixth music teachers Ash Goodinson and John Stevens teamed up with English teacher, Steve Spencer, to create the song.
Ash Goodinson said: “We have been overwhelmed by all the support on social media by people from all around the country. We really want the song to be shared far and wide, to spread awareness of child poverty, reach Christmas number 1, and raise as much money for The Children’s Society as possible to help the children that need it most”.
The schools involved in the recording are: Layton Primary School, Carr Head Primary School, St. Chad’s Church of England Primary School, Norbreck Primary Academy, Aspire Academy, Unity Academy, Fleetwood High School, South Shore Academy and Hodgson Academy. In addition Poulton Brass Band, Upbeat Music Academy, Blackpool Male Voice Choir and Poulton People’s Choir were involved in the recording.
Follow the campaign on social media #BeTheMiracle