As Christmas approaches, the race to find out who will be at the top of the charts is a big part of the festive fun. But for one family from Norfolk, this year will be even more special, as they release their very own Christmas single.
Ben (17), Paige, Piper (both 15), Hannah and Eddie (both 12), are in a Blended Family and perform as the band Unity. They have released a track in time for Christmas, in aid of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) Nook appeal.
This may be their first single as Unity but all members are award-winning musicians in their own right. In case their credentials weren’t impressive enough yet, previously they have sung for the Royal Family as well. Now, along side an experienced songwriter, Unity has created what they hope will become a new Christmas classic.
Merry Merry Christmas (Each and All)
Unity’s song, titled Merry Merry Christmas (Each and All) is available to pre-order and stream with all proceeds going to the the Nook appeal. The aim is for the song to make provisional Number 1 position in the UK just before Christmas. This is so every radio station would have to play it on the run up to Christmas Day.
Tal Williams, community fundraiser for the EACH Nook appeal, said: “We really appreciate the efforts of Ben, Paige, Piper, Hannah and Eddie in creating this lovely Christmas song.
“All money we receive from sales will go to the Nook appeal, our £10 million campaign to build a new hospice for children with life-threatening conditions and their families across Norfolk.”
Its not been an easy road for Unity though. The family had everything thrown at it over a period of five years: critical illness, a legal case, loss of jobs, lost a deposit for a family home, moved rented house 4 times in 4 years. But diamonds are not formed under easy conditions.
What do their parents say?
Ahead of the song’s release, Kevin & Deborah Alexander, proud parents of the children said: “This is a bit of a crazy journey, with odds that no one would take on. A band of five children, aged 12-17, with an original song for Christmas are raising money for charity. If we reach number 1 we will have sold more than Ed Sheeran, George Michael and the X-Factor winner.
“But we are going for it. Please join us in our journey over these next 22 days. Support our charity in any way you can. And please buy the song”
The Nook Appeal
The nook appeal is East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices’ vision to transform children’s palliative care in Norfolk and North Suffolk to deliver even better children’s hospice care services. This includes a new purpose-built hospice in the heart of Norfolk, called the nook. East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices currently provides specialist care and support for 364 children and young people with an additional 452 family members receiving face-to-face therapeutic support.
Where can I buy Merry Merry Christmas (Each and All)
Do you love Unity’s song and want to support the charity. You can buy the Merry Merry Christmas (Each and All) on the band’s website from the 1st of December or from the links here.
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