11:08 Thursday 19 December 2013

X Factor single profits to boost hospice funds

Written byROB SMYTH

YOUNGSTERS from Burton and South Derbyshire who attend a hospice for disabled children will benefit from sales of a charity single performed by the winner of the X Factor.

Rainbows Hospice will receive some of the money generated by from the single, a cover of Skyscraper by Demi Lavato, sung by Sam Bailey.

All profits will be shared equally between Great Ormond Street Hospital and Together for Short Lives, a UK charity for children with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions.

Hospice fund-raising director Patricia Brookes said: “A share of the proceeds from the winner’s single will come to Rainbows to help us support the children and families we work with.

“This will help us continue our services, which are a lifeline to them.”

The CD single will feature recordings of three of Sam’s best X Factor performances – The Power of Love, Make You Feel My Love and No More Tears.

Together for Short Lives was handpicked by Simon Cowell, who is a patron and has supported the organisation for a number of years.

Syco will donate 100 per cent of its profits from the sale of each CD single and download to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and Together for Short Lives, of which Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People is a member.

This is expected to be at least £1 for each CD and 20p for each download.

A host of leading music retailers have stepped up to donate their share of profits from The X Factor’s winner’s single to the charities. The government has also agreed to waive the VAT on sales of the winning single.

This means that even more money will go directly to support some of the UK’s most unwell children and ensure they and their families receive the best possible care.

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