Grantham singer releases charity Christmas single

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Grantham singer Chantelle Cattermole has released a Christmas single to raise money for a charity which provides respite breaks for disadvantaged children.

Proceeds from sales of a cover version of the iconic festive Pogues and Kirsty MacColl tune, ‘Fairytale of New York’, will be donated to CHICKS, which helps youngsters suffering from the consequences of poverty, neglect and physical or mental abuse.

Chantelle (30) has teamed up with her partner, Shane, and other local musicians to produce the record, which is available as a CD for a minimum £1 donation.

Shane produced, mixed and mastered the song in his own recording studio, as well as providing lead guitar and vocal harmony support.

He said: “Shops are selling out so we’ve had to produce some more CDs. People really seem to like it. Some have said it’s just as good as the original.”

Grantham businesses Simmonds Music, Pressgang, Chameleon Bar and Steak House, East Midlands Sound and Lighting, the Guildhall Arts Centre, The White Lion and the Chequers are all selling copies of the single. The tune has had airplay on two radio stations and will be on sale throughout December.

Shane, a former pupil at Earl of Dysart Primary and St Hugh’s Schools in Grantham, said: “It popped into my head at the beginning of November that we should do a charity Christmas single.

“We chose this one because it is the only Christmas song I like. It’s got part of the original track in it but with more of a modern sound to it.”

The song can also be bought online as a download at Chantelle’s charity web page although there is limited availability of it in CD format. By texting NYPD 66 and (amount pledged) to 70070, donations can also be made to the charity without buying the song.