Staff on the Intensive Care Unit at Royal Preston Hospital are part of a 100 strong Zoom choir which is releasing a re-make of classic Police track ‘Every Breath You Take’ in a bid to secure the Christmas number one spot.Advertisement
The ICU Liberty Singers, made up of ICU staff across the country, are aiming to get to Christmas number one and raise funds to support the recovery of the public and NHS staff after the challenges they have faced this year.
The fundraising project, called R.E.N.E.W (Rebuild, Educate, Network, Empower and Welcome) aims to fund sustainable projects that will bring benefits for patients and families worst affected by Covid-19. There will also be a focus on staff mental health and wellbeing and building back from the pandemic in a positive way.
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With choir members such as nurses, doctors and allied health professionals, the group know the pressures of working on the frontline and have all experienced one of the toughest years in history.
Dr Catherine Roberts, Consultant in Critical Care at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Joining the choir was an opportunity to do something fun and provide some escapism from the immense pressures we are all under.
“I’ve loved being part of it, not just the enjoyment from singing, but also the sense of community and support.”
Carmel Richardson, Speech and Language Therapist at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “One Wednesday evening at the start of December, I found myself sat in my lounge on a Zoom call joined by 100 other intensive care staff around the country laughing at myself singing Christmas carols.
“I actually thought what on earth am doing?! However, after an hour of attempting to sing in tune, I found that I had actually smiled and laughed more than I had all day, maybe even all week.
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“This continued between choir ‘rehearsals’ as I told my colleagues and family about the surreal situation I had found myself in!
“Little did I know when I tentatively joined my first Zoom choir practice that we would be recording a song to raise monies to support staff working in intensive care and that this would actually be in the run for Christmas number 1.
“The choir’s WhatsApp group has been a hub of positivity in the run up to Christmas and it is clear that for all those involved this experience will stay with them forever.”
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The track comprises 223 individual vocal recordings sung by the choir members, recorded in their own homes and then blended to create a ‘virtual choir’.
All money raised will go to create a fund, managed through the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine, to provide support for staff that they feel will have a positive impact on their Wellbeing and Mental health after an extraordinarily impactful year.
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