NHS staff targeting second number one

A team of NHS staff, including a children’s doctor and physiotherapist, have announced ambitious plans to produce one of the biggest hits of 2018.

Known as NHS Voices, the Band Aid-style charity single will bring together superstar singers and healthcare heroes to mark the 70th birthday of the NHS.

The project has already attracted a wide-range of high profile supporters, including Sir Paul McCartney, who leant his support after receiving a heartfelt letter from the NHS staff who are leading the campaign.

The team are working with Brit Award-winning and Grammy nominated Jon Cohen and British-based Kat Aylwin to create a cover of classic Beatles song With A Little Help From My Friends. They will be welcoming some very special guests to the team over the coming weeks as they work to take the project to the next level.

The project was started by Joe Blunden, an NHS communications professional who is managing the creation of the track, and said: “I see how hard NHS staff work every day, and wanted to create something that would show them all just how appreciated they are. Having the support of Sir Paul McCartney is absolutely incredible, and we will be recruiting artists from across the last seven decades to help us celebrate everything that is great about our health system.”

Children’s doctor Katie Rogerson is also leading the charge towards the top of the charts, and has hinted at an array of high-profile participants: “We don’t want to give too much away until nearer the release of the song on 6th July, but we have a host of huge names who are itching to get into the recording studio. We will also be involving staff, volunteers and patients from across the UK, so this really will be a song for everyone.”

The team have form too. In 2015 they successfully campaigned to get the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir to Christmas Number One, beating Justin Bieber along the way.

The Choir will be hoping to reach the top spot for a second time this summer, when they join their musical idols in the studio. Choir leader and children’s community physiotherapist, Caroline Smith, has been instrumental in getting this latest project off the ground, and said: “It is so exciting to be working on a project that celebrates the NHS. We can’t wait to record with other NHS Trust choirs, and it is amazing so many high profile musicians want to get involved.”

David Cocke, Head of Communications at the Trust where the Choir are based, added: “We are delighted that Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust are playing a key role in the project. My colleague Scott Bartlett and I were so proud to be involved in the successful campaign three years ago, and we are working hard to make this even bigger and better.”

All proceeds from the single will go to NHS Charities Together, a group of more than 100 NHS charities that have come together to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the NHS and raise awareness of the work that NHS charities do to support the NHS.

Joe Blunden