We are chuffed to bits to announce this year’s X Factor winner’s single is in aid of Together for Short Lives and Shooting Star Chase!

The charity single will be digitally released on Sunday 13 December and CD singles will be in stores to purchase on Tuesday 15 December, after the two finalists perform the single live during The X Factor’s final at the SSE Wembley Arena and the winner is crowned. 100% of the profits from the sale of each CD and download will be equally split between the two charities, which will be at least £1 for each CD sold in the UK and at least 20p for each download sold in the UK.

Simon Cowell said, “I have worked with these inspirational charities for many years and I’m delighted that The X Factor winner’s single sales will help families who are going through such unimaginably difficult times. In 2015, raising funds for hospice care is more important than ever. The money we raise will make a real difference.”

Simon and Zoe

The single will be the fourth winner’s single with proceeds going to charity – which has raised millions of pounds for organisations chosen by The X Factor.

David Burland, Chief Executive at Shooting Star Chase, said: “We are thrilled Shooting Star Chase has been named as joint beneficiary of the X Factor charity single. It’s the best Christmas present we could ever imagine and cannot thank X Factor enough. I see first-hand the extremely difficult circumstances children with life-limiting conditions face and am regularly humbled by the way they cope with what life has thrown at them. They tell us the support we offer keeps them going and we know that’s only possible because of the generosity of our supporters. It costs us £10 million every year to provide our vital care but we know there are many more families desperate for our support. By buying this single people will enable us to provide direct care to families at our hospices and in their own homes when they need it most.”

A Shooting Star Chase supported family and Hospice at Home nurse visited The X Factor studios in anticipation of the release last week – where they met judges and contestants. Zoë, who is supported by Shooting Star Chase’s Hampton-based hospice, Shooting Star House, met her favourite singer, Rita Ora, and even tried out The X Factor stage during her studio tour.

Zoë was born with a genetic bone dysplasia abnormality called OSCS. At birth she struggled to breathe, so much so that she died for six minutes while the doctors tried to secure her airway. She had a tracheostomy fitted, which she still uses to breathe. As if this wasn’t enough, Zoë has recently been diagnosed with a second rare life-threatening condition called Moyamoya. Moyamoya causes restricted blood flow to the brain, meaning Zoë gets chronic headaches and mini strokes, which are exhausting for her and means she often ends up in hospital on a drip for pain relief. The family have been supported by Shooting Star Chase for eight years, where she uses short breaks and music therapy at the hospice, and relies on regular Hospice at Home care.

Watch The X Factor Sunday results show on the 6 December for more details about the charity single and the appeal.