WITH the long-awaited final of X-Factor taking place this Saturday, Borderers are being urged to help a charity song by a former contestant on the hit TV show become a Christmas number one.
Gamu Nhengu, 18, the Zimbabwean whose family is threatened with deportation, has released Where Will You Sleep This Christmas? with Aberlour Child Care Trust.
Services manager of Aberlour’s St Boswells office, Joanne Lile told TheSouthern: “We always have some event to raise funds at Christmas, but to my knowledge we have never released a song.
“With the X-Factor final taking place this weekend, I’m sure there will be interest in the single.”
In the Borders, Aberlour offers support to about 50 children and young people who have had to cope with difficulties such as disability, neglect, abuse, family breakdown and parental drug and alcohol dependencies. And 33 kids attended Aberlour’s residential unit in St Boswells this year.
The proceeds from this Christmas single will go towards the campaign to support St Boswells’ and the charity’s eight other centres for disabled children throughout Scotland which provide respite care for families, emergency care for disabled children, specialist playschemes and educational support.
The single has been endorsed by celebrities and politicians, including Lord of the Rings actor Billy Boyd and Scottish Liberal Democrat leader, Tavish Scott MSP. Director of marketing, fundraising and external affairs for Aberlour, Karen McMurrich said: “The support from celebrities and politicians has been absolutely amazing.
“We are more confident than ever that we can reach Christmas number one and raise a great deal of money for charity. We’ve had nearly 70,000 hits on YouTube and there is a massive amount of support on Facebook and Twitter.
“The bookies are saying we’re one of the favourites for Christmas number one. This would be a dream come true for our charity as it will help to keep many of our services running during difficult economic times.”
Where Will You Sleep This Christmas? is available to download on Monday.