The X Factor Charity Single
The X Factor charity single, a cover of Rose Royce classic 'Wishing on a Star', will be launched this Sunday, 27 November live on ITV. The single will be performed on X Factor by the last sixteen contestants as well as JLS and One Direction.
All net proceeds will go to Together for Short Lives who work to ensure that all families of children unlikely to reach adulthood can make the most of their lives, with money raised going to local children and their families across the UK.
An appeal film shown on the night features the Lloyd family who have three lively boys diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy; ordinary people leading extraordinary lives. The Lloyd family will be in the front row at the Wembley studio on the night as special VIP guests of the show.
Families like the Lloyds are supported by Together for Short Lives, the only charity representing the estimated 23,500 children. The charity was handpicked by Simon Cowell, who is a patron and has supported the organisation for a number of years.
Simon Cowell, patron of Together for Short Lives comments on his involvement in the charity, "I have seen first-hand the invaluable care and support they offer to thousands of young people and their families, so I am thrilled that the X Factor charity single this year will benefit this charity.
Whenever I spend time with these children and families, I realise just how many challenges they face. And when I visit the places that help them, like a children's hospice, it is clear to see that they are an incredible lifeline to the families that use them. But they are more than just a building and a lot of support is also given in the home. And it's not just the kids, it's the parents and well brothers and sisters that need help.
Every one of these services relies on the public's generosity to maintain what they're doing, otherwise they don't exist - that's the reality.
The X Factor charity single is an opportunity to help them."
One Direction comment on their involvement, "We visited Rainbows Children's Hospice last month who are members of Together For Short Lives and we had a great time with the kids.
Making the children smile gives you and them a fantastic feeling. You come away feeling you might have made a difference to their day.
The work Together for Short Lives do with organisations like Rainbows Children's Hospice is so important to these children and their families."
Barbara Gelb, Chief Executive of Together for Short Lives commented,
"The X Factor Single gives Together for Short Lives an extraordinary and unique opportunity to tell the public about the issues that face children and the families we support. There are some excellent care services out there, but families need much more support as they tell us how difficult it can be to find the right support at the right time. We want to see well co-ordinated services which are available from the moment a child is diagnosed, wherever families want them, for as long as they are needed".
The single costs £3.99 and is available to pre order at HMV and Amazon now, on 28 November on Syco Music and in all good high street stores (Sainsbury's, Tesco, M&S, Asda and many more).
The Lloyd family's story
"We have three cheeky boys, twins Sam and Dan and our younger boy, Tom. They were happy healthy boys, and then one day when the twins were just five, our lives were turned upside down.
They were diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a genetic disorder which affects boys. We were told by the doctor it would be very unlikely Tom would also have the condition but they tested him anyway. We couldn't believe it when his tests came back positive.
Our local children's hospice is the light at the end of the tunnel, where nothing is a problem - it allows us to ride the storms and enjoy the good times. For us, it's the difference between surviving and not surviving."