BELFAST band The VIPs have donated a brand new Christmas song to Northern Ireland Hospice in support of the charity’s aim to raise £250,000 in December.
The song, entitled ‘It’s Christmas Time’ is available on itunes and Amazon – and writer Dee Hunter is hoping it’s a big hit with people in Northern Ireland.
Dee said: “Northern Ireland Hospice asked The VIPs if we would compose a Christmas song that would support its festive fundraising campaign and we jumped at the chance. I had thought about writing a Christmas song before but here was a great motivation and reason, and we were in the studio in no time putting it together.
He added: “We are really pleased with how it turned it out and we hope people in Northern Ireland and beyond will download it, knowing that every download will see 100% of proceeds going to the hospice. We would encourage everyone to buy the song and to tell their friends and family to do the same – who knows, it could break into the Charts!”
The VIPs consist of lead singer Mairead Rooney, Dee Hunter (keyboards), Kevin McGreevy (bass), Jim Deeds (guitar) and Brendan Deeds (guitar) and Conor Edgar (drums).
Northern Ireland Hospice is also running a new Christmas-themed radio station throughout December and have called upon the likes of Stephen Nolan, Charlie Lawson, Ruairi McSorely, Sarah Travers and Adrian Logan to take part as presenters.
The station, Radio Lapland 103.2FM, will be aired from December 1 to December 26, reaching the great Belfast area.
Claire Bradshaw, Head of Communications and Marketing at Northern Ireland Hospice, said: “We’re very excited about the song becoming available to the public for Christmas and about what it can do for Northern Ireland Hospice. It’s a great gesture from the VIPs to put so much time and energy into the song and donate it to our charity.”
For more information, visit www.nihospice.org or call 028 9078 1836.