Nurses and other NHS staff are competing with pop singer Justin Bieber to reach the top of the music charts this Christmas with their charity single A Bridge over You.
The Lewisham and Greenwich trust choir is only just behind the popstar and his single Love Yourself, with around 7,000 less online plays or sold copies, according to the UK’s Official Charts Company.
“I call on the capital to support their bid to reach Christmas number one – and help some very worthy healthcare charities at the same time”
There is just a couple of days left to beat the popstar to number one, with sales and streams of songs between December 18 and midnight on December 24 counting towards the 2015 official Christmas singles chart.
So far the choir’s charity single – which features hits by music bands Coldplay and Simon and Garfunkel and celebrates the work of NHS staff - has gained widespread support, including from senior NHS leaders.
Jane Cummings, chief nursing officer for England, said: “Christmas can be a difficult time for many people, but this song shows the important focus on care and compassion that the teams at Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust will be giving, along with NHS staff across the country. I support the bid to reach number one and encourage others to do so too.”
Caroline Alexander, NHS England regional chief nurse for London, said: “What a beautiful song, celebrating the many ways that staff of Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust and NHS workers everywhere make a difference to patients’ lives.
“This song shows the important focus on care and compassion that the teams at Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust will be giving [this Christmas]”
“On behalf of NHS England London, I thank each and every one of them. At this special time of year, I call on the capital to support their bid to reach Christmas number one – and help some very worthy healthcare charities at the same time.”
Proceeds from the song will be shared between healthcare charities, including Carers UK and mental health charity Mind.
The song – which is not for sale in shops - is available to download on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play.
The results of the battle for the number one Christmas single will be revealed on BBC Radio 1 from 10am to 1pm on 25 December.