X Factor single to support children’s charities

10 December 2018
Proceeds from the sale of this year’s X-Factor winner’s single will help children with life limiting conditions.

This year’s joint beneficiaries are Together for Short Lives and Shooting Star Chase. The money raised will help both organisations to be there for families facing the heartbreak of knowing their child will die young. All UK record company profits from the X Factor 2018 winner’s single will be donated.

Andy Fletcher, CEO for Together for Short Lives, said: “Our heartfelt thanks to our friends at The X Factor for supporting the UK’s 49,000 seriously ill children and families. Families coming to terms with the child’s diagnosis often don’t know where to turn to for help and support and many feel isolated and alone. Your support, over many, many years has helped us to reach out to thousands of families facing the heartbreak of knowing their child will die young – helping them through the toughest of times. Benefitting from the X Factor is a wonderful Christmas gift and will help us to be there for more children and families, helping them to make the most of every moment together.”

The winner’s single is also available to download and stream and is the X Factor UK’s 11th charity release. Simco Limited will donate 100% of its profits from the sale of each download and in respect of all audio streaming of the single, and the Chancellor has also agreed to donate the VAT, in each case to be shared equally by Together For Short Lives and Shooting Star Chase.

Together for Short Lives is a UK charity for children’s palliative care which works to support and empower families caring for seriously ill children and to build a strong and sustainable children’s palliative care sector. As well as directly supporting children and families TfSL also supports all the professionals, children’s palliative care services and children’s hospices that deliver lifeline care. It has more than 1,000 members, including Demelza and other children hospices, voluntary sector organisations and statutory service providers.

Together for Short Lives provides a strong and unified voice for the sector and works with the public, politicians and companies to raise awareness, advocate for change and increase funding for children’s palliative care services.