X Factor single will help children’s hospice

Louisa Johnson
Louisa Johnson

A charity which supports children and young people who are not expected to reach adulthood will benefit from sales of the X Factor Christmas single.

On Sunday (December 13) Louisa Johnson was crowned the winner of X Factor 2015 and her single will be in aid of children’s charities Together for Short Lives and Shooting Star Chase.

Through its partnership with national charity Together for Short Lives, Demelza Hospice Care for Children (which supports families across East Sussex) will see the benefit from some of the proceeds raised through the winner’s single.

Barbara Gelb, CEO of Together for Short Lives said: “Together for Short Lives is so thrilled to be benefiting from The X Factor winner’s single again this year – it means so much to families caring for the UK’s 49,000 children and young people with life-shortening conditions.

“These children often have very complex and unpredictable conditions and need care around the clock.

“Working with The X Factor is transformational, helping Together for Short Lives to reach out to thousands of families.

“And the money raised through The X Factor winner’s single will make a lasting difference to the lifeline services that deliver extraordinary care to children and families - at home and in the community, helping children to live as full lives as possible.”

Ryan Campbell, chief executive of Demelza Hospice Care for Children said: “Demelza is delighted to be benefitting from the X Factor winner’s single through our partnership with Together for Short Lives.

“As well as the money it will raise it is a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness of what positive places children’s hospices are and the difference we can make to the lives of children and families, creating precious memories no matter how short a time they have together.”

Children’s hospices can differ significantly from adult hospices in that many of the conditions children and young people are suffering from are degenerative in nature and progress over many years.

This means that children’s hospices have the opportunity to offer children, young people and families the chance to build memories as a family unit, undertake a range of activities that are age and needs specific that they may not ordinarily be able to access.

The hospices provide the necessary short breaks and a range of specialist services benefiting the children and young people themselves and their wider family, which are not available elsewhere. To find out more visit demelza.org.uk