Single is music to Ian’s ears

Ian Richardson with his daughter Ava

Ian Richardson with his daughter Ava

A FESTIVE CD is to raise money for charities - including one which helps tragic children.

The two-track record features youngsters from the Billingham and Hartlepool areas, singing their hearts out alongside three musicians.

They performed they final run of Silent Night and Merry Christmas Everyone on Saturday, with their final CD expected to be available from today.

Proceeds from the limited edition release are going to the Jo and Mya Memorial Fund as well as the BCT Aspire organisation based in Billingham.

Ian Richardson, 40, is the founder of the memorial fund which he set up in memory of his wife Joanne, 40, and eldest daughter Mya, aged six, who died in a road accident in 2010. He and his youngest daughter Ava, now aged two, survived.

He said the fund had teamed up with BCT Aspire which is a Billingham community interest company which supports recreational events and ploughs all profits back in to the area.

Only 1,000 copies of the CD would be produced and would cost £3.99 to buy.

Ian said the link-up happened because BCT Aspire is run by his friend Paul Burgum and part of its aims was to support music and youth groups.

The artists involved in the recording were also part of the giant Christmas Singalong event which was held in Billingham town centre earlier this month.

Ian said: “The people involved on it are Chris Groom, Sarah Proctor and Phil Wing with vocals from children from the Billingham and Hartlepool areas.

“It was lovely to be nominated and to be part of this.”

The memorial fund has a busy period coming up.

Dozens of brave people will be raising money for the cause when they take part in the Boxing Day dip at Seaton Carew.

And Paul Burgum, a former Hartlepool College of Further Education student, is planning to walk the length of Italy, starting on December 27.

Anyone interested in supporting Paul should visit his Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/BCT-ASPIRE

And people wanting copies of the CD can get from.joandmya.co.uk




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