Take That's Mark Owen backs charity single for Salisbury Hospice

Hold Up A Light in the studio photograph with Salisbury Hospice Team. ( Dave Woollatt)jpg

Published by Henrietta Creasey at 12:00pm 22nd April 2019. (Updated at 6:34am 23rd April 2019)

One of the band's most popular hits is being re-released as a fundraising tribute to the mum of its co-writer who died from cancer last year.

Hold Up A Light has long been a fan's favourite but this week a reworked version comes out to support Salisbury Hospice which cared for Linda Brown in her final days.

Linda's son Jamie penned the original track in 2009 with Take That's Mark Owen, Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Jason Orange and fellow writer Ben Mark.

Now Jamie and Mark Owen have recorded a stripped-back update of the track along with pupils from Grasmere Primary in London which Jamie's sons attend.

Everyone involved in the track, and associated video and artwork, has given their time for free.

All profits will be split between Salisbury Hospice Charity and the Stoke Newington school's FROGS appeal to build an outdoor play space.

Take That’s Mark Owen says he's delighted to be involved.

"When my good friend and collaborator, Jamie Norton, asked me to be involved in rerecording‘Hold Up A Light’ to raise money for the hospice where his mum spent her final weeks, I absolutely wanted to help in any way that I could. Since then this project has grown and grown and I’d like to wish him the best of luck with his first marathon run, and hope the project raises lots of pennies for the associated charities."

Hold Up A Light

'Hold Up A Light' will be available from Friday April 26 on all download and streaming services.

Two days after the release Jamie is due to run the Virgin Money London Marathon to raise more money for the hospice where his singing teacher mum turned 71 just days before she died.

With the hospice relying on charitable donations in order to be able to operate, it’s a cause that’s both deeply personal to Jamie, and vitally important to numerous families.

Paula Flower, Head of Fundraising at Salisbury Hospice Charity said

"It’s difficult to put into words how grateful we are to Jamie, not only for running the London Marathon on our behalf, but also for inspiring Mark Owen and the children from Grasmere Primary School to record this special track, in memory of his mum."

Jamie hit on the idea of the charity single and accompanying video as he struggled to come up with a message for his JustGiving fundraising web page.

"Hold Up A Light’ was being used in the Christmas Show at my sons’ school. Listening to the song again and hearing children singing it, it seemed more apt than anything I could say just in words. I’m incredibly grateful to Mark and the children for their time and talents, and hope that we can raise some vital funds through this release. The song is dedicated to anyone who holds up a light, including all the Marathon runners who are raising money for causes close to their hearts."

Jamie revealed to Spire FM how moved he was when his 6 year old son Miller told him he and his brother Ned, 9, wanted to be involved:

"We just want to help other people's nannies."

Hold Up A Light
Children including Jamie Norton's own two boys form part of the track.

Chuck Waite from Salisbury is from the music company Futurekind which has been involved in the project.

"It started off with a couple of us, now it feels  like we have a couple of hundred involved! Everyone worked for free, giving their time and resources and we couldn't be more grateful"

  Jamie Norton and Chuck Waite

Songwriter Jamie Norton and manager Chuck Waite.

 

 

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