Redshaw And Aldred Back Local Campaign
Blackpool players Jack Redshaw and Tom Aldred are backing the release of a Christmas single that aims to highlight the issue of child poverty and raise money for charity.
The pair have joined comedian Peter Kay and stars from Coronation Street in supporting the recording of 'A Christmas Miracle' by The Blackpool Sixth Form College and local schools.
The Christmas song, which was released last Friday, makes use of the Christmas story to deliver a hopeful message about how people can act together to ‘turn the world around’.
Teachers and students at The Blackpool Sixth Form College have composed and produced the song, with ten schools from across the Fylde coast of Lancashire joining up with Blackpool Sixth Form students and a number of community music groups and local companies to record the single.
Now available to download on iTunes for 79p, as well as other platforms, all proceeds from the single will be donated to The Children’s Society.
The money raised will support the charity’s work to improve the lives of the most vulnerable 10-18 year olds across the county. The Children’s Society campaigns on many issues that affect vulnerable children and also runs services in Lancashire and across the country for children on the streets affected by sexual exploitation, those missing from home and advocacy services and early family support.
The focus on child poverty has a particular relevance in Blackpool where the percentage of children living in poverty is 30.6% (against a national average of 21.4% and a North West average of 19.2%*).
The Children’s Society’s Chief Executive, Matthew Reed, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled that The Blackpool Sixth Form College and so many schools and community groups in Lancashire have teamed up to launch this uplifting song to raise awareness and support vulnerable children this festive season.
“Christmas can be a particularly difficult time for so many young people and we are truly grateful to everyone involved in putting this single together and also those who buy it. Funds raised from this single will help us continue our life-changing work with children and young people who have nowhere left to turn.”
Blackpool Sixth music teachers Ash Goodinson and John Stevens teamed up with English teacher Steve Spencer to create the song.
Ash Goodinson said: “We have been overwhelmed by all the support on social media by people from all around the country. We really want the song to be shared far and wide, to spread awareness of child poverty, reach Christmas number 1, and raise as much money for The Children’s Society as possible to help the children that need it most.”
The schools involved in the recording are: Layton Primary School, Carr Head Primary School, St. Chad’s Church of England Primary School, Norbreck Primary Academy, Aspire Academy, Unity Academy, Fleetwood High School, South Shore Academy and Hodgson Academy. In addition Poulton Brass Band, Upbeat Music Academy, Blackpool Male Voice Choir and Poulton People’s Choir were also involved in the recording.
Follow the campaign on social media #BeTheMiracle