A Song for St Catherine’s
Numerous live acts have been booked over the weekend, and one of the musicians ready to perform has a poignant song ready to share.
Singer and songwriter Colin Young, stage name James Collins, has been playing and performing in bars and clubs throughout the North West for more than 30 years, although it wasn’t until 2010 that he first began to write songs.
It was during that time James penned “When We’re Together,” an uplifting tune about a young man who is diagnosed with cancer, but pulls through thanks to the constant support of his family. The song portrays the importance of family support in times of need, and that with the right support around, anything is possible.
Born in Liverpool, James’ connection to St Catherine’s comes from his brother, Philip Young, who has lived in the Chorley area for more than 30 years.
Like James, Philip also has a musical history having toured the country as a semi-professional musician, and he can see comparisons between the messages highlighted in the song and the care provided by the hospice.
“The words, we believe, reflect the love and care that St Catherine’s is so good at providing; both in genuine human compassion for people, and in the professionalism towards bringing people and families together,” said Philip.
“When you start off in life, you go to school and then to work. It is very easy to get totally wrapped up in the daily tasks of life which leaves little time for thinking about others.
“We realised that you really have to give something back. It is better to do that sooner rather than later just in case the chance passes you by.
“We decided it would be good to put the song to good use and we are proud to offer it to St Catherine’s for fundraising and hopefully and just as importantly, in raising awareness for the needs of others in this time in their lives.”
James will be performing at the festival on the Saturday from 1:30pm – 2:00pm, and not only is he bringing the gift of his music to St Catherine’s, he is also giving people the chance to download the song in return for a donation to the hospice.
James said: “I’ve always loved performing around Christmas time. People’s spirits and generosity seem to be higher. But Christmas is about giving and it really helps people get into the Christmas spirit when they attend events like this.
“I had a close friend who was recently admitted to a local hospice to where I live. During the times that I visited him, I saw the great care that the staff gave to their patients.
“Whether the song was here or not, it’s always good to give to a charity of this nature. The support I witnessed at my local hospice over the last few months of my friend’s life was second to none. We have to ensure that these charities survive year on year. Give generously!”
If you would like to download the song,text Hospice Song to 70444, to donate £3 to the Hospice.
The song is free to download, but we appreciate donations to the hospice. Once you’ve donated, download the song by clicking ‘Download File’ at the bottom of the page: Thank you!
Would you like to join James and perform at St Catherine’s Christmas Festival? Contact Emma.email@example.com or call 01772 629 171 for more information.
Texts cost £3 plus network charge. St Catherine’s Hospice receives 100% of your donation. Obtain bill payer’s permission. Customer care 01772 629171 Charity No: 512186.
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