A TEAR-JERKING single penned especially for a little boy battling cancer is racing up the download charts amid a huge publicity drive.
There are even hopes that Christmas Lullaby, written to raise funds for two-year-old Bradley Lowery, who suffers from childhood cancer neuroblastoma, could beat the X Factor hopefuls to the Christmas number 1 spot.
The song was co-written by Hartlepool’s Kate Williams and Paul Hart, both artists on town talent-nurturing organisation Red Dream’s Otiss Music label.
The single was released on Monday morning, after an exclusive live performance at Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, and went straight into number 57 in the iTunes download charts.
By yesterday afternoon it had rocketed to number 26 – with Red Dreams bosses hopeful it can go further and claim the top spot.
It comes as Bradley remains fighting for his life in hospital, having undergone a course of high-dose chemotherapy.
In an update on the Bradley Lowery’s Fight Against Neuroblastoma Facebook page, his mum Gemma, 30, from Blackhall, said the youngster has suffered another bleed on his lungs.
She said this lowers his chances of getting better, so medics have altered his medicine.
She even took the rare move of showing him hooked up to a range of machines helping him breathe saying; “I feel it is important for all of Bradley’s supporters to have a little insight of what Brad is going through.”
Gemma, married to Carl, 30, added: “I have been told that they need to see an improvement in Bradley over the next couple of days and if this doesn’t happen the chances are his lung will never recover and there is no more that can be done.
“The words of his lullaby have never been truer – ‘his fragile hand holds on to hope’.”
Ian McManus, who founded Red Dreams with wife Dawn, said: “The single’s progress is amazing everyone, it’s all down to the support.
“I know Bradley is going through a difficult time in hospital, he is connected to numerous machines and the doctors are going to try different things.
“Kate and Paul have never released a song into the chart and it’s like seeing two children at Christmas – they are buzzing with the success of the single, yet really humbled.
“It’s nice to see the song going up, but it’s amazing the amount of people that didn’t know about neuroblastoma.”
Ian added that there are plans to get Kate added to the bill at Metro Radio Live later this month, so she can perform the single to a wider audience.
He added that ITV have made the producers of the This Morning and Lorraine programmes aware of the single, while North East radio stations have also been contacted.
The first 100 copies of the single sold in under two minutes and another 100 are on order, available for £2.99 from the Red Dreams temporary shop, in the ex-Greenwoods store in the shopping centre.
It is available for download for 79p from iTunes.