Watch: Charity single featuring Shane Filan05/12/2015 20:02
The former Westlife star visited the Royal Belfast Hospital recently to meet the children and film for the music video
A Christmas charity single from Musical ‘Matilda’ featuring former Westlife star, Shane Filan is set to benefit two Irish Children's Hospitals.
The proceeds from the worldwide download and CD sales of the song ‘When I Grow Up’ with benefit the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children and the Children's Medical Research Foundation, Crumlin in Dublin.
The team producing the Charity Single are aiming to beat X-factor to Christmas No1 in the Irish Charts.
The song ‘When I Grow Up’ is from the Grammy Award nominated Musical ‘Matilda’ by Tim Minchin the Australian Musician and Comedian, Tim has given the project his full backing and has kindly post public messages of support to his millions of social media followers.
Shane Filan recorded the single at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Dublin supported by ten-year-old singer Grace Lee, (Grace from the Isle of Man has had ten heart procedures for Congenital Heart Disease and suffers from Chronic Lung Disease) and over 200 children, the largest ensemble choir ever gathered for a charity single in Irish chart history.
Aideen Keaney, Clinical Director for Anaesthetics and Surgery and Consultant Paediatric Anaesthetist at Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children said: “We are delighted to be included in this project; this is a beautiful song that helps us all to reconnect with the hopes and dreams of all children and with the hopes and dreams that began in our own childhood.
The proceeds will provide valuable long term assistance in Paediatric research”.
Part of the money raised will go to the ‘Helping Hand charity’ which was established to provide the equipment, to fund research, education and to support the immediate needs of children and their parents at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.
The idea for the charity single came from Music Producer Stephen Macken, who teamed up with Tim Minchin, the Association of Irish Musical Societies and Shane Filan.
Stephen Macken Said: “We chose "When I Grow Up" as the charity single because of its deeper meaning in the context of its portrayal of the simple childhood dreams and ambitions that we all once projected into our adult lives, and how those dreams and ambitions are the same for all children, including those who face an uncertain future due to illness and who may never live to see their fulfilment.
"It's that context that makes the song so special and meaningful.”
The single can be downloaded on iTunes Amazon, Google Play or purchased in HMV stores across Northern Ireland and Xtra-vision stores across Ireland.
Click here to watch the video.
Source: Belfast Live