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Incredible to be part of this, says ‘Singing Nurse’


DEVON-BORN Britain’s Got Talent contestant Beth Porch has said she feels like part of a musical “movement” against coronaviru­s after her charity single went to number four in the charts.

The 25-year-old nurse earned a standing ovation from the judges during Saturday’s episode, after performing You Taught Me What Love Is, an original song inspired by her job at a children’s hospital.

Captain Tom Moore is on course to score a number one with his charity cover of You’ll Never Walk Alone with Michael Ball, with both songs raising money for NHS workers on the frontline of the epidemic.

Ms Porch, who is originally from Dawlish, but lives in London, said: “This is what happens in times of crisis. Everyone wants to rally together.

“Because people are sat at home not really doing very much, everyone is like, ‘Oh come on, let’s actually do something to make a difference, to benefit and support all the people fighting this war against coronaviru­s’.

“It is incredible and it’s truly lovely to be part of that movement.”

Beth, pictured below, who recently recovered from Covid-19, said of her chart success: “It doesn’t feel real. It wasn’t even necessaril­y a dream of mine to be a top 10 artist because I didn’t even think it was possible, if I am honest.

“It is just ridiculous and it doesn’t quite feel real. People keep on messaging me saying, ‘I heard you on the radio on the way into work’ and I think that is the weirdest thing.

“The idea that my music is being played everywhere all the time. It’s just bizarre.”

Ms Porch, whose father is a piano tuner, began playing guitar after watching the film School Of Rock when she was about eight years old. She trained at Great Ormond Street Hospital before qualifying as a nurse two-and-ahalf years ago.

Beth, dubbed ‘The Singing Nurse, by colleagues, said she used her music to create memories for families with terminally ill children.

“They have probably been the most important moments and the best moments, being able to create these memories with these families,” she said.

Money raised from Beth’s single will go to NHS Charities Together and Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.

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