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We are saying it loud and saying it clear, 
Saint Francis Hospice could be number one this Christmas!

Seventeen members of our hospice choir have joined forces with 300 fellow singers from 18 London hospices to produce a cover of the 1980s hit The Living Years which was originally sung by Mike and the Mechanics.       


The London Hospices Choir, which features patients, staff and volunteers of all ages recorded their new take on the classic track at the world famous Abbey Road Studios, with Paul Carrack who performed the original.  

Christine Smith


Husband and wife Paul and Rita Gersh, both 69, from Ilford, have been volunteering at the hospice for the past seven years and are excited to be part of the project.     

                                                                                      SFH choir at Abbey Road Studios


"It was a privilege and an immensely thrilling experience to have been involved in this recording at Abbey Road Studios," said Rita, who set up the hospice choir in 2012.


"the dream for the song to get to number one this Christmas will be a great reward for all involved."


Sisters Tracey Parkin, 54, and Lyn Fasulo, 59, both from Romford, initially joined the Saint Francis Hospice choir after the charity cared for their mother Eileen Parkin and are thrilled to be part of the exciting project.       


“The song is a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness of the wonderful work hospices do, “said Tracey.       


“The song is very poignant and resonates with me about things I wish I had said.      


“The whole experience has been great fun and I am so pleased to have been able to participate.      


“It is something I will look back on with pride.”       

Christine Smith

Christine Smith, 55, from Harold Wood, who is a Staff Nurse at the hospice, said, “It was a real privilege to work with people from other hospices.       


“In the hospice we work as a team and accumulatively we are singing from the same song sheet.       


“The main reason for taking part is to raise public awareness and understanding of hospice care, secondly to raise funds and thirdly, hopefully get to number one!”      


                                                                            Christine Smith 


All profits to be shared between the hospices and help make a difference to end of life care to patients and their families.       


You can pre-order the track from Monday 14th November ahead of its release on Monday 16th December via iTunes or Amazon, and it will be available for streaming on Spotify. 


Watch the music video below that was also shot at Clapham’s Royal Trinity Hospice, under the direction of top Hollywood film director Annabel Jankel.