Local hospital charity, SASH Charity, is one of more than 130 NHS charities across the UK that will benefit from money raised from a special charity record being released to celebrate the 70th birthday of the NHS.
Proceeds from the single, which will be performed live, at 9pm on ITV1 on Wednesday 4 July 2018 (the day before the birthday), will be used to improve the experience of patients and staff at SASH.
The TV programme will capture a host of stars from the pop world lending their voices to NHS staff as they aim to make (and break) a record in a unique live event singing the Beatles’ classic, With a Little Help from My Friends. Viewers will also see the recording of the single, produced by Brit award-winning John Cohen that features an array of stars from across the last seven decades including Seal, Beverley Knight, Guy Garvey and many more.
The 90-minute special will be presented by TV stars Ashley Banjo and Sara Cox.
Sara Cox said: “It is so exciting to be part of this challenge to break a world record and celebrate the amazing work of the NHS. We’ll be travelling the length and breadth of the UK recruiting people to join in to make sure we smash that record and show everyone working in our NHS how much we appreciate them.”
Ashley Banjo said: “We want to recognise and celebrate the hardworking and dedicated staff who keep the NHS going every day and highlight the human kindness at the heart of the incredible care and treatment they make available to every single one of us.”
This latest mission into the charts follows the NHS Choir’s 2015 hit single A Bridge Over You, which beat Justin Bieber to that year’s UK Christmas number one spot.
Emily Brown, fundraising manager for SASH Charity said: “This is such a positive way for people to say thank you to the NHS and support NHS Charities like SASH Charity. I encourage everyone to buy the single and help get the track to number one.”