A song penned by Gazette columnist Steve Canavan and recorded by a former S Club Junior is set to raise money for Trinity Hospice.
The song, titled Make Each Other Laugh, was written by Steve as his late father, Mike, was undergoing treatment for bile duct cancer.
It was a coping mechanism for the former Gazette entertainment writer, who was close to Mike before he died last May, aged just 69.
And Steve has agreed to release the song, with the help of Blackpool pop star Stacey McClean, to raise money for the Fylde coast’s hospice.
Steve said:”It was just my way of expressing my feelings towards the situation and my dad, who I loved very dearly.
“It’s just a song about someone you love and about feeling helpless about things. It’s not necessarily about illness, it’s a song about still having hope.”
The song was set to be released as The Gazette was on a mission to raise £200,000 for Trinity through it’s Hospice Heroes appeal, which helped to pay for the biggest ever refurbishment at Trinity Hospice and Brian House Children’s Hospice on Low Moor Road, Bispham. But there have been delays, and The Gazette has now smashed its target – the current total stands at a whopping £240,467, with £20,000 still to come from a Tower to Tower bike ride.
But proceeds from Make Each Other Laugh, will still go to Trinity, who will use it on the continued improvements to the building.
Steve added: “It’s an honour to have something I have written made into a charity single. Stacey is a local singer with a really nice voice, and she very kindly agreed to give up her time to record it for us.”
Stacey, who lives in Bispham, enjoyed chart success with S Club Juniors, which she joined when she was just 12 years old.
She said: “I loved the song as soon as I heard it.
“The lyrics are lovely and given the subject matter it is fitting that all the proceeds will go to Trinity.
“It does such fantastic work and is such a vital institution in the town that everybody needs to support it.
“I hope as many people as possible buy this song because it for such a good cause.”
The single has also had input from students at Blackpool and The Fylde College, who storyboarded and recorded a video to go with the song.
The video, which can be viewed on YouTube, was shot on Blackpool Promenade and made by Mark Harris and his students from the college’s media department.
Mark said: “We are delighted to get involved with the project and provide the video. Hopefully the people of Blackpool will get behind the song.”
Make Each Other Laugh was recorded at Bluebird Recording Studios in St Annes by Chris Carter, who gave up his time for free.
It is available to download on Spotify, at Amazon and at emusic.com, and costs no more than £1.
Steve added: “If enough people buy it, you never know it might make the charts, which would be wonderful.”