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Top of the Charity Pops: Which chart hopefuls are raising money for good causes 

16 Dec 2020 Voices

Many fundraising channels have experienced severe disruption this year, but fortunately there is still an excellent crop of Christmas songs supporting charities

LadBaby supporting the Trussell Trust 

Dad blogger, LadBaby, is aiming for his third Christmas Number One in a row to fundraise for foodbank charity the Trussell Trust. 

He has claimed top spot last year with I Love Sausage Rolls and the year before that with We Built This City… on Sausage Rolls. 

Once again, the humble sausage roll is a key part of Don't Stop Me Eatin’, his take on Journey's 1982 classic Don't Stop Believin'. 

The video isn’t out until Friday, but in a preview video he has promised that it is “the craziest, funniest, most random video we’ve ever done”. 

Liam Gallagher supporting Action for Children 

When you think of festive cheer you don’t instantly think of former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher, but stay with me. 

He’s donating the proceeds from All Your Dreaming Of to Action For Children. Gallagher unveiled the song earlier this month at the charity’s live streamed carol concert. 

There’s no tinsel or jingle bells, but plenty of snow and moody shots in the video for the ballad that aims to tell a story of hope in what has been a difficult year. 

Lyra Cole supporting Brain Tumour Research 

This is seven-year-old Lyra Cole’s second bid for Christmas Number One with her cover of the Shakin’ Stevens’ classic Merry Christmas Everyone.

Having undergone emergency surgery for a brain tumour when she was a few months old she is donating all proceeds to Brain Tumour Research. 

Last year she made it to 16 in the UK Official Chart with her version of When A Child is Born. 

Lyra’s aunt Jessie Hawkes, who helped her record the track and shoot the video, said: “We are so excited this year and I really, really hope that Lyra’s story will bring some hope to people this Christmas. She was one of the lucky ones having overcome a brain tumour, many others are not so fortunate.”

The video features Lyra and her little brother, Charlie, dressed as adorable elves and was filmed at Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare. 

Gemma Collins and Darren Day supporting Rethink Mental Illness 

Former Celebrity Big Brother co-stars, Gemma Collins and Darren Day, have recorded a version of Baby It’s Cold Outside to raise money for Rethink Mental Illness. 

Announcing the track on her social media, the TOWIE star said: "I wanted to do something fun and fabulous for you all for charity as it’s been a tough year for all, I hope this spreads some cheer and warmth in your hearts." 

Rock Choir supporting The Mental Health Foundation

Rock Choir’s Christmas offering, Keeping The Dream Alive, is in support of the Mental Health Foundation.

The single features the voices of 4,550 Rock Choir Members, the Rock Choir Leaders and Caroline Redman Lusher. 

Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir  and Justin Bieber 

Five years ago, the Lewisham and Green NHS Choir was the main competition for none other than Justin Bieber for the Christmas Number One spot. This year they have teamed up to raise money for NHS Charities Together and Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust Charity. 

In 2015 Justin’s hit Love Yourself and the choir’s A Bridge Over You were neck and neck in the race to become UK Christmas Number One.

Then Justin urged his fans to download the choir’s single rather than his own, writing on Twitter “So for 1 week it's ok not to be #1. Let's do the right thing & help them win. It's Christmas. @Choir_NHS good luck."

The choir came together to record Holy at the world-famous Abbey Road Studios in London, which will be available on 18 December, but there is a preview here. 

Alex Urquart supporting Age UK 

Charity worker Alex Urquhart has produced and directed a dark, 80s-style Christmas comedy music video, which is fundraising in for Age UK.

At seven minutes I Wanna Do Christmas With You (Again) may well be the longest entry we’ve had in this feature since we started it a few years ago, but it does include an “existential synth solo” and a lot of rapping. 

He’s set up a fundraising page, which has so far raised  £800.

On that page Urquhart says: “Our video is a bit of silly Christmas fun but loneliness at Christmas is a serious issue, and 2020 has been particularly tough for the elderly. We want all those that enjoyed our video to give to Age UK, who work to support the elderly all year round. Older people are so often forgotten in our society, but they are at the heart of everything Age UK do."

Bob Westlake supporting RSPCA 

Bob Westlake from Wellington in Somerset returned to playing and writing music during lockdown. He came up with a new a song called It’s Christmas Time to help the RSPCA after realising what a source of comfort pets were during lockdown.

Lyrics were provided by his friend Geoff Paice and was released at the end of November. It is available via Spotify, iTunes, Amazon and TikTok and all proceeds will be donated to the RSPCA.

Bob said: “I have always been passionate about animal welfare but the lockdown has really accentuated that as lots of people have found their pets such a source of comfort and company during the lockdown.” 

He added: “We wanted to write a song that is both traditional but also a little bit of fun to lift the lockdown spirits. I really hope it will give people a smile in these difficult times and that kind and generous people will be able to support this song and the RSPCA.”

It can be downloaded here. 

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