Festive single children’s charity

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A SINGER from Eastbourne has released a single for charity in the run up to Christmas.

Simon Mark Smith has written and performed a new Christmas single called Christmas Day, which is available to be downloaded.

Seventy per cent of the profits are being donated directly to the Tree of Hope Children’s Charity based in Bexhill.

The song is sung by Simon together with Rebecca Burge with additional backing by Katouche Goll and her sister.

The Tree of Hope has provided help to Katouche over a number of years.

Katouche was diagnosed with spastic diplegia at birth, a form of cerebral palsy which affects her lower limbs which means she need constant mobility support.

Her mother Ngaio Goll said, “Katouche also had Erbs Palsy which affected her whole right arm. Her movement of the arm as well as her sensitivity to temperature and pain was severely reduced. She suffered burns and had surgery to her hand as a result.

“Thankfully, this is now minimised. She has full use of the arm and hand, although it is larger than her left arm and hand.

“She needs ongoing Conductive Education at the Peto Institute in Budapest, Hungary, and surgical intervention, to correct her feet, to loosen and lengthen muscles and correct her posture.”

A spokesperson for the Tree of Hope Children’s Charity said, “We are over the moon to have such a talent recording a song to raise money on our behalf.

“We think it is a great song that is really meaningful and the money raised will really help change sick children’s lives here in the UK.

“Not only is it a great song but it’s for a great cause and we encourage everyone to go to iTunes and CDBaby to purchase their copy for only 99p.”

The song has already generated advance interest from Simon Mark Smith’s fan base.

It was released last Friday and Simon says he hopes it will be a big success with its mixture of melody and meaningful lyrics.

Further details are available at http://www.treeofhope.org.uk/index.php?page=a-song-for-christmas