We’re thrilled to announce that we are joint beneficiaries of The X Factor’s winner’s single, along with Together for Short Lives.
It was announced on Saturday’s finale show, that the winner of The X Factor 2018 would release a winner’s duet with all record profits of the track going to Shooting Star Chase and Together for Short Lives.
Dalton Harris triumphantly took the crown as The X Factor 2018 winner on Sunday night, performing an amazing rendition of his Winner’s Duet single – The Power of Love featuring former X Factor winner James Arthur, with Shooting Star Chase Vice President Simon Cowell saying he couldn’t think of a better song to pay tribute to everything the charities stand for.
During The X Factor final show, Shooting Star Chase supported mum, Sarah, bravely told her daughter Olivia’s story in the charity single appeal film – which aired on the Saturday night show.
When 11-year-old Olivia was born it was clear to the doctors, and parents Sarah and Ben, that all was not right with their little girl. “I felt numb when we went home from the hospital without her,” said Sarah. Olivia was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, due to lack of oxygen from birth. Severely brain damaged, Olivia also suffers from epilepsy, has a visual impairment and is fed via a gastrostomy. It wasn’t until Olivia was four years old, following numerous bouts of pneumonia, that they were referred to Shooting Star Chase. With a new addition, brother Charlie, the hospice was a welcome support and lifeline to the family.
Olivia requires round the clock care. At night she is often unsettled, can get upset and struggle to sleep, so the respite breaks offered by Christopher’s, the charity’s Guildford- based hospice, is vital for the family. Over the past seven years, Shooting Star Chase has allowed them all the chance to spend time together as a family of four.
Sarah said, “We love the activity days that Shooting Star Chase puts on as they’re great for Charlie and Olivia to spend time together – Olivia has a very cheeky personality and often giggles when Charlie is doing something silly!
“Olivia also loves the Sensory Room and the Hydrotherapy Pool is amazing as it enables us to have family swims. Shooting Star Chase really is somewhere we can enjoy special moments together, knowing Olivia’s in a safe and comfortable environment.”
Karen Sugarman, Director of Fundraising at Shooting Star Chase said, “We cannot be more thrilled or proud to be the joint beneficiary of The X Factor charity single this year. We send huge congratulations to Dalton Harris, who we know will do us proud. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our Vice President Simon Cowell and all at The X Factor and Syco for their ongoing support. It’s a real honour to have shared Olivia’s story with the nation and to have had the opportunity to highlight the vital care that Shooting Star Chase provides at Christmas and throughout the year.”
The single will be the eleventh charity release from The X Factor and the seventh winner’s single. Simco Limited will donate 100% of its profits from the sale of each download and in respect of all audio streaming of the single, and the Chancellor has also agreed to donate the VAT, in each case to be shared equally by Shooting Star Chase and Together For Short Lives. Simco Limited’s donation will include at least 20p for each download sold in the UK.
Shooting Star Chase is very grateful to have been supported by The X Factor for a number of years, thanks to the involvement of our Vice-President, Simon Cowell.
We need to raise £10 million a year to maintain the level of care for the families we support. What’s more, we know there are many more families desperate for our vital support, so it’s crucial we raise more funds to provide more care. Find out more about the care and support we provide here.