HUDDERSFIELD’S sick children are to benefit from this year’s X Factor charity single.
The Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice in Bradley will receive a share of the cover of the Rose Royce hit Wishing On A Star – to be released later this week.
The single has been recorded by the ITV competition’s 16 finalists including Lowerhouses singer Ashford Campbell, member of The Risk, and Nu Vibe band member Jordan Higo, of Crosland Moor.
They will be accompanied by boy bands One Direction and JLS – both former X Factor groups.
Both Ashford and Jordan will return to the X Factor stage this weekend to perform the hit.
Jordan, 19, told the Examiner: “I’m going back for the live shows and know what I’m doing but can’t say too much yet.
“I’ll go down today to a hotel and then go in for rehearsals all morning and get ready for the live show.
“Ashford will be singing with The Risk.”
The proceeds will be donated to Together for Short Lives – a charity which represents 23,500 children and young people across the UK who are unlikely to reach adulthood.
The newly-built Brackenhall hospice will be handed a share of the proceeds, along with other causes around the country.
Forget Me Not Trust chief executive Peter Branson said: “After 12 years of fundraising, the hospice build is now complete.
“However, there is still a long way to go and in many ways this feels like just the beginning.
“Support like this will help us greatly.”
The single’s video was shown on ITV2 last night and the first live version of the single will be heard on the X Factor’s results show tomorrow and will be available to download the same day.
Hard copies will go on sale on Monday.
The track – being produced by Simon Cowell’s record label Syco – was originally released in 1977 and was third in the UK singles chart.
All profits from the sale of each CD single or download will be donated to the charity – which is estimated to be at least £1 from each CD and 20p for each download. In 2008 the X Factor Christmas version of the Mariah Carey song Hero topped the charts and raised more than £1m for Help For Heroes and the following year the X Factor version of Michael Jackson’s You Are Not Alone raised £400,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Simon Cowell, patron of the charity Together for Short Lives, said: “Having worked close hand with this charity and seeing the amazing work they do for kids and their families who need help and support, I am thrilled that the X Factor charity single this year will benefit this charity.”
Together for Short Lives is the new name for ACT & Children’s Hospices UK.
This year M&S will be stocking the single in stores nationwide, which follows the release of the M&S Christmas advert which also featured the show’s finalists.
There are more than 400 children and families in Kirklees, Calderdale and Wakefield who need the help the hospice offers. The charity – which needs to raise more than £2.5m a year – gets only 4% of the funding it needs to run from the Government.