Christmas Day is an appropriate time to raise a glass to those who do the 'battle of the Christmas No.1's' on behalf of others.
Some maybe cynical about superstar bands or come-back desperados just trying to gain favourable publicity but in this season of goodwill, we here at SSHH say "Cheers and Thank you! Merry Christmas!"
From celebrity artists, to NHS workers, primary school children and youtube gurus you're all giving your time for others in the human family. That, surely is the true spirit of the season.
2012 – Hillsbourgh Charity Single:
He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother by Justice Collective
This wonderful cover raised money for the Hillsborough Justice Campaign. The Justice Collective included a long list of famous names including: Paul McCartney,Robbie Williams, Paloma Faith, Beverley Knight, Holly Johnson, Kenny Dalglish, John Bishop, Steve Rotheram, Richard Hawley, Shane MacGowan, Gerry Marsden and Mel C and a fair few more.
2013 – School Children's Charity Single:
C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S by Millfields Community School
Children from a school in London's borough of Hackney, recorded a song written by an old teacher to raise money for their playground. Over 600 kids took part. It reached the top of the Children's iTunes download chart in 2013. It's just adorable. What more can we say.
2014 – Band Aid 30 Charity Single:
Do They Know it's Christmas (2014) Ebola Appeal for West Africa
Midge Ure and Bob Geldof brought together a new cast of stars to re-record their famous Band Aid original for its 30th anniversary. Singers are many but include: Adele, Rita Ora, Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding, Sinéad O'Connor, Chris Martin, Sam Smith, Paloma Faith, Emeli Sandé, Guy Garvey, One Direction, Olly Murs and Angélique Kidjo.
2015 – Number One Thank you to the NHS on it's 70th anniversary:
A Bridge Over You by The NHS Choir
A team of NHS employees released this anthem to say thank you to dedicated healthcare staff.
They beat Justin Bieber to the Christmas No. 1 for 2015. Sung by famous singers and healthcare heroes it's a real heart warmer.
2016 – Charity Single for Make-A-Wish ® UK.
Christmas Without you by Hello Christmas
Twenty five YouTubers with a combined following of 25 Million, embarked on an incredible collaboration project by releasing a charity single for Make-A-Wish. Many young people were involved including 16-year-old Jake Mitchell, fashion and beauty vlogger Marina Joyce and 13-year-old singer Sapphire. They released it on Sing King Karaoke’s YouTube channel. Global online collaboration projects like these are one of the jewels of the internet.
2017 – Charity Single for Crisis UK
Streets Of London by Ralph McTell, the Crisis Choir with guest vocalist Annie Lennox
Such a great version of this beautiful song released last Christmas with all proceeds to Crisis and the work the charity does to help thousands of people on their journey out of homelessness every year. You can buy the single at all these places. CD: https://ralphmctell.tmstor.es/cart/pr
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