Staff from M&S Bank and M&S store from across the UK have collaborated with Claire House Children’s Hospice to produce a charity single to raise funds for the Wirral-based hospice.
The single will help support fundraising efforts for the hospice, which is planning to build a second site in Liverpool to support increasing need for its services.
Claire House Children’s Hospice provides specialist nursing care and emotional support to seriously and terminally ill children and their families.
The charity single – called ‘Share a Smile’ – reflects its ethos of helping families to smile again when life couldn’t get any tougher.
Liam O’Hara, head of network and bureaux for M&S Bank, said: “I have had the privilege of visiting Claire House Children’s Hospice and, no matter what type of treatment or support they’re providing, they always ensure families are able to share a smile together.
“The single really reflects this and highlights the absolutely amazing superhero-like quality of their wonderful nursing team.”
In the last six years, Claire House Children’s Hospice has seen an 84% increase in the number of children visiting the hospice.
In that time, is has also seen a 132% increase in the number of bereaved families it cares for. Last year it had 143 new referrals, the highest number it has ever seen in a year.
Beth Pochin, partnership manager at Claire House Children’s Hospice, said: “Every download of the ‘Share a Smile’ single will be making a huge difference to the many seriously ill children that we care for on a daily basis and supporting our plans to build a second site, enabling us to help even more families.”
The website also features a video of Midge Ure, co-founder of Band Aid, commenting on the impact a charity single can have.