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    5 April 2013
    Royal Mail's got the X Factor: choir and singer Joe McElderry release charity single for Prostate Cancer UK
  • The Royal Mail Choir and X Factor winner Joe McElderry have teamed up and recorded a charity single for Prostate Cancer UK, the company’s Charity of the Year partner. They have recorded a stirring version of the hymn ‘Abide with Me’
  • The song was chosen because of its historic link with the FA Cup Final, which will be held on 11 May. On 9 May, Royal Mail will issue 11 stamps celebrating the greatest football heroes from England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales
  • The song will be available for download on Sunday, 14 April from iTunes and Amazon MP3. Royal Mail will donate £1 to Prostate Cancer UK for every download
  • Prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in men in the UK. Over 40,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year and one man dies from the disease every hour
  • Royal Mail Group and its employees have so far raised around £800,000, including matched funding, for Prostate Cancer UK since the charity partnership launched last year. Royal Mail Group and its staff aim to raise at least £2 million for Prostate Cancer UK over the course of the partnership, in order to fund up to 50 Prostate Cancer UK nurses
     

Royal Mail has joined forces with X Factor winner, Joe McElderry, to take on the music charts and raise money for charity, by releasing a single in aid of Prostate Cancer UK.

The Royal Mail Choir and Joe have recorded a stirring new version of the famous hymn Abide with Me. Set to a new arrangement, the song also features a 20-piece string orchestra.

The track will be available for download from Sunday, 14th April from iTunes and Amazon MP3.

Royal Mail will donate £1 to Prostate Cancer UK for every download.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in men in the UK. Over 40,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year and one man dies from the disease every hour.

Royal Mail Group launched its partnership with Prostate Cancer UK in earnest in September 2012. This has seen staff take part in a variety of fundraising events and activities. Royal Mail Group and its employees have so far raised around £800,000 for Prostate Cancer UK, including matched funding.
Royal Mail Group and its employees aim to raise at least £2 million for the charity over the course of the partnership, which will fund up to 50 Prostate Cancer UK nurses. Royal Mail Group and its staff recently funded its first Prostate Cancer UK specialist nurse who is based in Glasgow.

The Royal Mail Choir

Abide with Me is the first professional recording by the Royal Mail Choir, which formed for a TV series last year. They enjoyed the experience so much that they have continued to perform to raise money for charity.

Choir leader, Tim Barber, commented: “We’ve got 30 postmen, postwomen, delivery office, mail centre staff and managers singing their hearts out for charity.

“Joe’s a brilliant singer and he’s been enormously helpful – we’re all really proud of the song and delighted Joe agreed to take part.”

Working with Joe McElderry

Joe has released four albums since winning the X Factor - more than any other X factor winner - two of which have reached the top three in the album charts.

Joe and the choir recorded the single at the famous Sphere Studios, London, where the likes of Adele and the Script made their albums.

Joe said: “I was delighted to be asked to sing on this record, which will hopefully raise lots of money for Prostate Cancer UK.

“It was great recording the song with the Royal Mail Choir – they’re a talented group of people, and together I think we’ve produced a brilliant and moving track.”

Joe continued: “Royal Mail’s doing a fantastic thing by supporting Prostate Cancer UK in this way. It’s not the sort of thing that you’d expect a big organisation to do. I was very impressed when I heard of their plans.”

Note to editors:

About Royal Mail:

  • Royal Mail will donate £1 to Prostate Cancer UK for every download, up to a total of £100,000. All costs of making the single, including recording and promotion, have been borne by Royal Mail. Any monies generated from download sales – once costs like distribution and transaction related items have been deducted from the proceeds – will be given to Prostate Cancer UK
  • The single was recorded at Sphere Studios in London. It was produced and arranged by respected producers Morgan Pochin who have worked with high profile artists including Katherine Jenkins and Alfie Boe. 
  • On 9 May, Royal Mail will issue 11 stamps celebrating the greatest football heroes from England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. Find out more here – www.royalmail.com/footballheroes 
  • In 2011-12, Royal Mail and its employees contributed £13.4 million to society in the UK. This comprised £10.4 million from Royal Mail’s various activities and £3 million from our employees. Royal Mail’s contribution includes our Articles for the Blind service, which is a free-of-charge service for people sending items specifically designed for blind and visually impaired people within the UK and overseas
  • We hold the Guinness World Record for payroll giving, with 975 charities benefiting. Royal Mail employees account for 6 per cent of all payroll giving donors in the UK 
  • For the first time, the company is matching money raised by its employees for its Charity of the Year, penny for penny, up to £2 million. Once £2 million has been raised by Royal Mail Group and its employees, the company will match money raised for either Prostate Cancer UK, Alzheimer’s Society or Whizz-Kidz up to a further £1 million

About Prostate Cancer UK:

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in men in the UK. Every year in the UK over 40,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer. One man dies die every hour from prostate cancer. 250,000 UK men are currently living with the disease. 1 in 8 men will get prostate cancer in the UK. African Caribbean men are three times more likely to develop prostate cancer than white men.

If you have any queries about prostate cancer, call Prostate Cancer UK’s confidential Helpline on 0800 074 8383. The helpline, which is staffed by specialist nurses, is open from 9am to 5pm from Monday to Friday and from 7 - 9pm on Wednesdays. Alternatively please visit www.prostatecanceruk.org/

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