A brave young cancer sufferer is looking for an extra special Christmas present this year – a number one hit.
Ashlee Easton from Brightons, who has been battling Stage 4 Neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer, has been chosen to star on a record called ‘This Christmas’ by the DreamMaker Foundation.
The charity, run by Les Hoey MBE, puts smiles on the faces of children with life-threatening diseases and has helped thousands of children meet celebrities and football stars and attend high profile concerts and events.
Last week they organised for Ashlee to meet Demi Lovato, who sings the ‘Let It go’ song from hit animated movie ‘Frozen’, when she was playing at the Hydro in Glasgow with Enrique Iglesias.
Ashlee (8), a pupil at Wallacestone Primary School, joins six other children – including Grace Newton from Grangemouth who is also fighting cancer – who sing part of the chorus in the song, which it is hoped will keep X Factor off the top spot this year.
Ashlee’s mum, Lisa, who has spent most of this year with her in hospital, said: “Ashlee is honoured to be part of this Christmas song.
“Les Hoey and the DreamMaker Foundation work tirelessly trying to put smiles on children’s faces and we are doing all we can to help this fantastic charity raise funds. The song is fantastic.”
The song was written by Billy Warren and the single stars a few Scottish celebrities including X Factor runner-up Nicholas McDonald, Michelle McManus, Tom Urie from ‘River City’, Judith Ralston from BBC Weather and actor Kathleen McDermott.
The DreamMaker Foundation’s Angela Cook said: “We arranged for Ashlee to meet her pop idol Demi Lovato last week when she played support for Enrique Iglesias at the Hydro, and at the same time we asked Ashlee if she would like to be on the DreamMaker charity single and, as she loves singing, she jumped at the chance.
“Ashlee and her mum and grandparents came to The Carlton Studios last Wednesday and along with the other children, put on her headphones and sang her little heart out.
“It was fantastic to see their little faces light up and they said they felt like proper Pop Stars. The singers on the record were all touched when they met the kids and said this is why they are giving support to this fantastic charity.”
The song was due to be released on iTunes, Amazon Play and Deezer on Tuesday for download with 90 out of every 99p purchase of the song going to the charity.