Could this year’s Christmas Number One come from Heart Heroes?

Could this year’s Christmas Number One come from Gloucester?

Who will have the UK’s Christmas Number One single is among the most hotly contested matches in the Pop calendar – and this year, could the winning song come from a Gloucester charity?

Heart Heroes, which supports families with children who have congenital heart conditions, has released I Am the Song.

Written by songwriter and composer Richard Lane and sung by vocalist Raene  – I Am the Song is being released on December 7, and will be available across platforms including iTunes and Spotify.

Kelly Cornish, founder of Heart Heroes – which helps children and families across the region, including Gloucestershire, Bristol and Wales – explained the idea behind the song.

“Our charity is all about creating awareness and reaching out to families who have children with heart conditions,” said Kelly. “We thought a song was a great way to let people know about our families and what they have to contend with and we are really grateful to Richard and Raene for their help.”

The song features the lines:

Will you shine in my night?

Hold my shield as I fight?

Kelly said: “While our awareness song has our heart children and their families in mind, we do think the lyrics will resonate with many people, especially this year. Everyone is fighting a battle or has fought a battle albeit maybe sometimes not physical.”

Originally, Heart Heroes planned to record the song themselves in Gloucester Cathedral, with a choir and the children singing. Covid has prevented this from happening, but Kelly hopes next year a new recording with Heart Heroes families will be possible.

To download the song, search for I Am the Song across platforms, or visit https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/richardlane/i-am-the-song

Meanwhile, Heart Heroes has also been busy adding to its list of publications, aimed at helping families and children.

Their latest is by 11-year-old Gloucester schoolgirl Lily Jade Smith. She wrote ‘A Cow, A Seal and A Dream’.

While Lily wrote the words, her grandmother did all the illustrations. It was a way for the pair to keep in touch, during the first lockdown.

Lily said: “I had a heart transplant at nine months old and therefore I would like to dedicate this book to my donor, without whom I would not have been able to accomplish everything I have. This book was also a way for me to stay in touch with my Gran during lockdown. It also gave her a chance to illustrate a book and keep in contact. This book has a meaningful message – don’t be afraid to be different. I’m wacky and hilarious when I want to be and all the best people are. So stay happy, stay safe and stay different!”

For more information about Heart Heroes, the song, Lily’s book and all the other publications, visit https://heartheroes.co.uk/.