A FESTIVE single written and recorded especially for a little boy battling cancer is expected to move thousands of people to tears when it is performed this weekend.
Kate Williams, 24, will perform Christmas Lullaby, which has been specially written to raise money for two-year-old Bradley Lowery, who is battling rare childhood cancer neuroblastoma. It takes place this Sunday at 1.30pm at Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, in Hartlepool, during celebrations to mark Santa’s arrival at the centre.
Town talent-nurturing organisation Red Dreams, where Kate is a vocal coach, is behind the production, and she co-wrote it with Paul Hart, who is a fellow artist on Red Dreams’ Otiss music label, while Paul also provides backing vocals.
Kate, who lives in the Grange Road area, said: “I have got family ties with cancer and it’s personal to myself, but it’s lovely to help a little boy in desperate need.”
Kate said it was hard to find the right balance of making the song a Christmas ballad while also supporting Bradley, from Blackhall, and a few words will be changed after Christmas to give the single more longevity.
The former Lynnfield and High Tunstall school pupil added that the thought of performing the song in front of shoppers is “nerve-wracking,” but added: “I can’t wait.”
Ian McManus, who founded Red Dreams with his wife Dawn, said: “It was quite a shock when Mark Rycraft, the manager of the shopping centre, asked if we would be interested in doing something like this, especially in the short time-frame we had.
“But it’s an honour to be involved.”
Ian said it took eight people from Red Dreams just two weeks, with 30 studio hours, to put the single together, and it usually takes 10 weeks.
He added: “When we have listened to it, there have been tears shed. We hope it connects with the audience, Bradley’s family and local people.”
The single will be available for iTunes download and 100 copies of the CD version will be available for £2.99.
Red Dreams will be taking over the former Greenwoods shop in the centre from Sunday and will be running various workshops on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays until Christmas Eve, including festive crafts and performing arts workshops, from 10am-5pm.