Char­ity suc­cess stuns singer

Public re­spond to Dan’s tribute to NHS work­ers


An Alexan­dria singer-song­writer has ad­mit­ted that the re­sponse to his lat­est work has been “emo­tion­ally over­whelm­ing.”

Dan Healy’s track, The For­got­ten Ones, pays tribute to key work­ers dur­ing the Covid-19 pan­demic, with all pro­ceeds raised go­ing to the NHS To­gether Char­ity.

And af­ter hit­ting fifth in the iTunes chart and clock­ing up over 20,000 views on Face­book in just a few days, Dan re­vealed that he had been taken aback by the re­sponse.

He told the Len­nox: “The re­ac­tion has been amaz­ing and to­tally over­whelm­ing.

“It’s nice that peo­ple are see­ing the mes­sage of it and, although it’s emo­tional, it’s also an up­lift­ing one — and I think peo­ple need a wee bit of joy.

“Mu­sic is some­thing that con­nects us and whether that’s live or in the house, it does uplift you or take you back to a nos­tal­gic place.

“In a time when we are so sep­a­rated, mu­sic can bring peo­ple to­gether. The video has done that by get­ting peo­ple to send in a sub­mis­sion and be part of the song.

“It’s been re­ally beau­ti­ful for me — it’s quite emo­tion­ally over­whelm­ing.

“We’ve not lost that spirit and con­nec­tion.”

NHS Char­i­ties To­gether CEO Ellie Or­ton was quick to pay tribute to the tone of Dan’s work.

She said: “When we heard The For­got­ten Ones, it en­cap­su­lated ex­actly the grat­i­tude we are feel­ing to­wards NHS staff and vol­un­teers.

“Noth­ing about the choices staff and vol­un­teers have made in their lives has changed — it’s just that their courage and will­ing­ness to risk them­selves to keep us safe has sud­denly been thrown into stark relief.”

De­spite only hit­ting the charts this week, Dan orig­i­nally penned the track along­side friend Ja­son Clarke two months ago. And with emo­tions run­ning high, he re­vealed it didn’t take long to write.

The for­mer Vale of Leven Academy pupil con­tin­ued: “My pub­lisher had sent me loads of stuff, so it was a song be­ing writ­ten to a brief at first.

“But then we thought, hold on a sec­ond, I want to write what we’re feel­ing. So we wrote about how we felt about nurses, doc­tors, post­men, key work­ers go­ing out and re­ally putting their lives at risk.

“It hap­pened re­ally fast, the whole process of writ­ing it was an hour and a half.

“That’s un­usual for me, but it re­ally just came out from the heart.

“I was go­ing to just re­lease it as an acous­tic-type thing for NHS char­i­ties and when I sent it to them they all loved it. They wanted it to be the sin­gle of the cam­paign and all that sort of stuff.

“But I think, as a lot of things do, they got in­un­dated with peo­ple want­ing to help. A cou­ple of celebri­ties got in­volved and they went in that direc­tion.

“I just ploughed on with it re­ally though, what it was about kind of changed. It ended up be­ing about ev­ery­one.”

Hav­ing ap­pealed to the public to send in short videos of the lyrics for the video, Dan also got the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir, stars of BBC show Sing While You Work, in­volved.

He con­tin­ued: “It’s been an hon­our to work with the choir, it started as just a sug­ges­tion and I tracked down the choir leader and told them about the pro­ject and of­fered them the chance to be in­volved.

“They said they didn’t have any record­ing equip­ment, so I said to them to do it on their phones and then I got my friend Ben God­dard who has done stuff at the Royal Al­bert Hall to do the score for tenors, so­pra­nos ev­ery­one.

“They did it on their phones and I’ve got a great pro­ducer in Paul Casey who sorted it all out and made it sound like a proper stu­dio.

“It was in­cred­i­ble be­cause the record­ings var­ied in qual­ity, but ob­vi­ously it’s been an amaz­ing hon­our.”

And that left Ben with one aim for when things start to re­turn to nor­mal.

He added: “I hope that af­ter all this is fin­ished we can do it live with the choir, that would be the ic­ing on the cake.”

● The For­got­ten Ones (right) is avail­able to lis­ten to and down­load on all ma­jor stream­ing plat­forms.

Emo­tion­ally over­whelmed Dan, a for­mer pupil at Vale of Leven Academy has been taken aback by the re­sponse to his char­ity record and hopes to per­form it live with the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust choir (inset)

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