“This is going to be my last Christmas, so I decided it’s now or never. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for so long and I wasn’t going to let cancer stop me” – singer-songwriter Pete releases a charity single for EACH

A heartwarming festive song written and performed by a musician with terminal cancer is set to raise thousands for charity.

Pete Richardson penned Another Christmas five years ago and has released it to support East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

The single, which he describes as a ‘story of love and hope’, is available via all platforms and 100% of royalties will go to EACH.

He also has a separate JustGiving page for donations and that alone has already raised nearly £2,500.

“This is going to be my last Christmas, so I decided it’s now or never,” said Pete, who has cancer of the oesophagus and pelvis, as well as in his lymph nodes.

“I’d almost given up but it’s something I’ve wanted to do for so long and I wasn’t going to let cancer stop me.

“I actually wrote the song five years ago and hoped it would be performed by a big star like Michael Bublé.

“I wrote to him but unfortunately that didn’t happen, so I performed the vocals myself and we’ve managed to get the single out in time for Christmas.

“I wanted to do it for a children’s charity and that’s why I chose EACH.

“I had such a wonderful childhood myself and, for me, life is all about children.

“I hope this song – a story of love and hope – helps make a difference and makes people smile. I’ve tried my best.”

Pete, 71, has always had a special relationship with music.

He started as a drummer and considered himself too shy to be a singer or front man.

He started writing music when his brother formed a band in the 1970s and, since then, has penned more than 50 songs.

“I love being in a studio and it’s a place to forget all your cares and worries,” said the former taxi driver, who lives in Aldringham, near Leiston.

“Nothing else matters, at that moment in time.

“I can’t read music and wouldn’t know one note from another. However, I know how it should sound and I’m very proud of the catalogue I’ve produced.”

Another Christmas was recorded at Arcade Studios, in Rayleigh, Essex, and produced by friend Pete Booker.

Nephew Scott Richardson played the bass and the female backing vocals were performed by Mr Booker’s wife, Sarah.

There is an accompanying music video which can be viewed via YouTube.

Another Christmas can be bought via all platforms, or you can make a donation via Pete’s JustGiving page.

Notes to Editors

“EACH has made us all feel part of an extended family and, thanks to staff and fellow families, we’re not alone with problems. We always leave The Treehouse feeling positive, stronger and thankful.”

  • We care for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk, and support their families.
  • We offer families flexibility and control over where they receive their care and support, including where their child dies – at home, in hospital or at one of three hospices at Milton (Cambridge), The Nook (Norfolk) and The Treehouse (Ipswich).
  • Our family-centred approach includes specialist nursing care, symptom management support, short breaks, wellbeing activities, therapies and counselling, all meeting the individual needs of the child, young person and whole family.
  • We are recognised as leaders in our field, with a reputation for excellence and commitment to pioneering development and innovation.
  • We rely on voluntary donations for the majority of our income and this year need to raise £5.8 million from fundraising and £6.5 million in income from our shops. The year before the pandemic we received just 16% of our total income from statutory sources.
  • EACH Royal Patron –Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales.
  • For more information about EACH, including forthcoming events and how you can help raise funds,visit each.org.uk or call our Suffolk fundraisers on 01473 917965.

Keep in touch:

www.each.org.uk
www.twitter.com/EACH_hospice
www.facebook.com/EACHhospices
www.instagram.com/eachhospices
www.linkedin.com/company/eachhospices


For further information about this release please contact:

Matt Plummer | Media and PR Manager | 07738 328058 | Matt.Plummer@each.org.uk

 

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