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NHS charity choir overtakes X-Factor in race for Christmas Number 1

NHS Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group is urging people in the borough to support the NHS bid for a Number 1 Christmas single. 

Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust's choir's charity single, "A Bridge Over You", has overtaken the X-Factor in the bookies' odds for gaining the coveted Christmas Number 1 spot.  The choir's single has gained momentum after receiving the backing of NHS leaders across the country.

Michael Brown, Chair of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), said that the RCN "fully supports" the NHS Choir's bid for the Xmas Number 1, whilst Jacque Gerrard, Director, Royal College of Midwives commented that the single "wowed and moved me emotionally to tears".

The bid for the Xmas Number 1 has also won the support of the heads of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, and the College of Occupational Therapists – as well as from NHS Trusts and organisations across the country.

Dr Adrian McLachlan, Chair of NHS Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said:  "NHS Lambeth is getting behind the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust Choir's bid to be the Number 1 Christmas single  with A Bridge Over You .   We are asking staff at the CCG and at our Member GP Practices to download the single and to tell their patients, colleagues, friends and family about it.   It would be great to a have an NHS Christmas Number 1 and to be able to support charities that  provide important help to carers and to the health of local people."

The single is available to download from iTunes (99p) Amazon (79p) and other online retailers now – just search for "A Bridge Over You" or "NHS Choir". 

Elizabeth Butler, Chair of Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust, said she was "overwhelmed" by the support for the single, which "celebrates the commitment and devotion of NHS staff which is sometimes taken for granted".

Made up entirely of NHS staff including nurses, doctors, physios, midwives, porters and administrators, the NHS choir will be doing a special performance for the public on Monday 21 December, outside the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in Westminster from 12 midday until 2pm. 

 All proceeds from the song will be shared between healthcare charities, including Carers UK and Mind - with a percentage also being distributed to Samh (Scotland) and Niamh  (Northern Ireland).