AN EIGHT-YEAR-OLD Bognor Regis boy has released an ‘enchanting’ Christmas single in aid of charity.
Barty Hawkins has recorded the seasonal song in aid of the child development charity, Compassion UK.
Every year, Simon and Sandra Hawkins and their children, Poppy, 13, Monty, 11 and Barty, make a Christmas card to send to their friends and family.
Last year, for the first time, they also decided to record a song to raise £1,600.
“We thought it would be great to produce a song track too and have it support a charity,” said Simon.
“This year we decided our card would take the theme ‘Christus Est Natus’ – Christ is born. The line came from one of Barty’s favourite carols.”
The Hawkins family wrote, produced and recorded Christus Est Natus all within their home earlier this year. They also produced a video featuring Barty singing the carol.
“I find singing fun,” Barty said. “Sometimes I can feel a bit nervous. When we filmed the video it was freezing and I was wearing my choir robe and my wellies!”
All proceeds made from the single are going to Compassion UK’s child survival programme, which reaches the most vulnerable children before they’re born
Sandra said: “It’s poignant to give to children at Christmas. Children are vulnerable in any society and the Compassion UK child survival programme supports and protects the weakest within needy communities around the world.
“Having your own children opens your heart. You want the best for them and you realise there are children who don’t have the support they need to thrive.”
The family have set up a Virgin Money Giving site and have put the song on iTunes, Spotify and Amazon.
Bekah Legg, of Compassion UK, said: “This song is beautiful. Barty’s voice is enchanting.
“The lyrics ‘love has a face’, not only reflect the heart of the Christmas story, but reflect the reality of child sponsorship; seeing a child living in poverty as not just a statistic but an individual with a name and a future.”
Visit www.christusestnatus.com to listen to the single.
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