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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

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Christmas single released in memory of Danica

A SINGLE has been launched to raise funds in memory of a much-loved Egremont teenager.

Local performer and singing tutor Judith Jones has been joined by her Viva Vox Rock Choir for festive classic Do They Know It’s Christmas.

Proceeds from the song will be donated to Danica’s Dream Fund – set up in memory of Danica Maxwell, who tragically died two years ago aged only 15.

The fund pays for treats and experiences for very sick children and their families.

Judith said: “We chose Danica’s Dream Fund because some of my singing students were friends of hers and wanted to organise an event dedicated to their memory.”

The single was recorded at Egremont’s Florence Mine by Mark D’Vaz, of MDV Productions, with individuals singing different lines from the song before the choir comes together at the end. It can be downloaded, for 99p, from http://vivavoxrocks.co.uk/do_they_know_its_christmas_charity_download.html.

It will be played today on BBC Radio Cumbria and a video will soon be uploaded to Youtube.

And to further the fundraising for Danica’s Dream Fund, a Christmas Extravaganza takes place in Egremont Market Hall on Monday, December 17, at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £5 on the door, and alongside traditional and modern Christmas songs, there will be a celebrity auction and tombola.

“There’s something for everyone in the show, it’s a true variety show,” says Judith.

“There’ll be dancing, duets, guitarists and, of course, a Christmas sing-song at the end.”

WHITEHAVEN School pupils have produced their own CD to raise cash for local charities.

The teenagers have written and recorded four tracks as part of their BTEC course. The £4 CDs will raise funds for The Rising Sun Trust and mountain rescue.

Anyone interesting in buying a copy should contact the head of music and performing arts, Sarah Fitzsimons, at sfitzsimons@whitehaven.cumbria.sch.uk

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