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Whittington nurses hoping to top charts for cancer care

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Nurses at the Whittington Hospital in north London are releasing a new album of songs from the heart to raise money for charity.  

The four nurses – Gaynor Wood, Jo Austin, Andrea Darke and Sharon Robinson – swap medical charts for music charts at the end of their shifts in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support’s centenary year.

“The Nurses” release their debut album in March, titled Guiding You, with 25p of each sale going to the cancer charity.

Ms Austin, who now shares a label with her hero Elaine Paige, said: “We love singing and we’ve performed together before at the hospital.

“This seemed like a great opportunity and as well as enjoying every minute we hope to highlight some issues too. Macmillan’s centenary year seemed like the perfect time to do that. They campaign on a lot of issues that we feel strongly about and apply to patient care in general.”

The album will comprise mainly cover versions of classics such as Fields of Gold, Nothing Compares 2 U and Wind Beneath My Wings. But it will also feature three new songs written by Jason Nolan and Jake Hook, who were involved with The Soldiers group.

Mr Hook said: “My mum is a nurse. I know how hard they work and how dedicated they are and I wanted to celebrate that, highlight the unsung heroes in society. But it was difficult to find the group, we advertised but nurses are so dedicated that they don’t easily find time for this sort of thing.

“Eventually, we were told about these girls who had performed together for events at the Whittington. They were already friends, already a group and definitely unsung heroes.”

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