Nurses and midwives are among a group of health service staff attempting to be number one in the UK singles chart this Christmas.
The charity single, released by NHS staff from Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust, will go head-to-head with the winners of the X Factor talent show for the coveted top spot in the charts.
Their single, called A Bridge Over You, is described as a “mash-up” of the song Fix You by the band Coldplay and the classic Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon and Garfunkel.
All proceeds from the song will be shared between Carers UK and Mind, and a smaller percentage will also be distributed among smaller charities in the new year.
The single is available to download from iTunes and other online retailers now but the campaign team are asking that people wait until 19 December to download so that they all count towards the Christmas chart.
Most of the NHS choir originally featured on BBC2 series Sing While You Work with Gareth Malone.
Nurses in NHS choir seeking Christmas number one
It includes neonatal nurse Elem Nnachi, theatre nurse Caroline Duffy, community nurse Brenda Clark and midwife Belongs Champion.
The campaign to get the NHS to number one was started by junior doctors Dr Harriet Harriet Nerva and Dr Katie Rogerson, and Joe Blunden, an NHS communications manager.
Mr Blunden said both the Official Charts Company and the bookmakers had recognised the choir as one of the “favourites for top spot”.
“A huge reasons for that is our Facebook campaign, which has amassed over 200,000 supporters in just four weeks,” he said. “We also have the NHS workforce right behind us – all 1.3 million of them!”
- For more information visit the group’s Facebook page