Saint Francis Hospice to fight for Christmas No.1 as part of super choir with singers from across UK

PUBLISHED: 15:30 05 December 2017

Members of the Saint Francis Hospice Choir.

Members of the Saint Francis Hospice Choir.

Saint Francis Hospice

A hospice’s choir is aiming to reach the No.1 spot in the charts this Christmas as part of a super group made of singers from up and down the country.

The Saint Francis Hospice Choir, based at the site in Havering-atte-Bower, has teamed up with more than 45 hospices to form the UK Hospice Choir and record a remake of Celine Dion’s power ballad My Heart Will Go On.

The song will also feature on the album Stand Together by Choirs with Purpose, which is made up of 12 choirs including Parrs Wood High School Harmony Group, Britain’s Got Talent 2017 finalists the Missing Persons Choir and the Greenwich and Lewisham NHS Choir.

Choir with Purpose’s first single - a rendition of Sir Paul McCartney’s classic We All Stand Together - was released on November 24.

It features the voices of all of the 1,400 talented singers, including members of the Saint Francis Hospice Choir, and is led by 2003 Pop Idol winner Michelle McManus.

Founder of the Saint Francis Hospice choir Rita Gersh said: “We were delighted to have been given the opportunity to be part of this year’s exciting and incredibly worthwhile project.

“It has been wonderful to collaborate with all the choirs involved and to be able to once again raise awareness of the invaluable work that hospices do in the community.”

Saint Francis Hospice’s choir was among 16 London hospice choirs, together with singer Paul Carrack, which stormed the charts in December last year, with their stunning version of the Mike and the Mechanics poignant song The Living Years.

It spent three weeks at number one at Christmas but more importantly, it raised awareness of hospice care and of their valuable services.

The hospice employs 150 nurses, doctors and specialist healthcare staff who are supported by 800 volunteers and together, they provide care and help to more than 4,000 people.

All profits made from the album will be shared equally by all the charities involved.

The album will be released on December 15 but can pre-order the CD or download by visiting Amazon or here

To buy the single We All Stand Together, visit here

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