'Buy our song and you will be helping support the hospital'

December 19 2018
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A SONG celebrating the 70th year of the NHS has been released by a Bristol choir who want to raise money for Southmead Hospital this Christmas.

‘We Are The Same Inside’ by ‘Melody Makers Choir and Horfield Primary School Choir for the NHS’ is available to download on all digital download sites including iTunes from November 30. Money raised from each 99p download will be donated to Southmead Hospital Charity to support patients and fund medical research and new equipment at North Bristol NHS Trust. 

The 80 strong-choir is made up of people from communities surrounding Southmead Hospital, including many former patients, NHS staff as well as children from Horfield C of E Primary School. 

Composed and written by Melody Makers Choir leader, Natalie Veal, with lyric support from choir member Natalie Sital-Singh, ‘We Are The Same Inside’ captures the ethos of an inclusive and dedicated health service. 

Natalie Veal, a choir leader from Henleaze, said she wanted to bring together her love of music with her gratitude for the NHS.

She said: “Every member of the choir - the musicians, the children of Horfield Primary School and myself - have put a lot of love into this song; it’s our way of thanking the hospital staff and giving back to our community. 

“In writing the song we really thought about what the NHS means to us and the work that NHS staff do. 

“We are all hugely excited about the fundraising this will bring to the charity and I’m so proud of the choir’s achievement and their infectious enthusiasm throughout this project.” 

Adrian Brown, corporate and community manager for Southmead Hospital Charity, said: “When Natalie approached us with the idea of releasing a song to raise money we were delighted – it is a unique, creative and inspired way to fundraise and we are so grateful for the time and efforts that everyone involved has dedicated to it.

“The message in the song is a powerful one that really conveys the strength of feeling that people have for the NHS and for its staff. 

“We hope everyone in Bristol, and beyond, will download the song this Christmas to celebrate our NHS – it’s a small thing but it can make a big difference to healthcare now and in the future.” 

To find out more about the song and to watch the video, visit: www.southmeadhospitalcharity.org.uk/song