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The Tree Of Hope Children’s Charity Release Christmas Song To Raise Money For Suffering Children

Simon Mark Smith has recorded, free of charge, a new Christmas song on behalf of the Tree of Hope Children’s Charity: The song will be available for download from noon, Saturday 10th December.


Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex, 9th December, 2011:  Simon Mark Smith, the artist behind the new album, “Wonderful Life”, has donated his services free of charge to The Tree of Hope Children’s Charity, based in Bexhill on Sea. He has written and performed a new Christmas single titled, “Christmas Day” which is available for download tomorrow from iTunes and CDBaby.

The single is being released in order to raise funds for the charity that normally only relies on donations from businesses and individuals.  70% of all profits generated from the single will be donated directly to The Tree of Hope Children’s Charity.

A spokesperson for The Tree of Hope Children’s Charity said, “We are over the moon to have such a talent recording a song to raise money on our behalf.”, he continued, “we think it is a great song that is really meaningful and the money raised will really help change sick children’s lives.”

The song is sung by Simon Mark Smith and Rebecca Burge with additional backing by the Goll Sisters.  The Tree of Hope has provided plenty of help to one of the Goll sisters, Katouche Goll, over a number of years.

“My daughter Katouche was diagnosed with spastic diplegia following her birth trauma.” Explains her mother, Ngaio Goll, “This is cerebral palsy that mainly affects her lower limbs, and she has needed mobility support since she was two.  She also had Erbs Palsy which affected her whole right arm. Her movement of the arm and her sensitivity to temperature and pain was severely reduced, and she suffered burns and had surgery to her hand as a result.” She continued, “Thankfully, this is now minimised and she has full use of the arm and hand, although it is larger than her left arm and hand. She needs ongoing Conductive Education at the Peto Institute in Budapest, Hungary, and surgical intervention, to correct her feet, to loosen and lengthen muscles and correct her posture"

Katouche herself wrote to The Tree of Hope Children’s Charity and said, “Thank you for giving me the opportunity to improve my walking once again. Since I have been here, I have progressed in leaps and bounds.”

The song has already caused a stir of interest generated by advance interest from Simon Mark Smith’s fan base, who number over 90,000 on Facebook!  It can be listened to now on the Tree of Hope website: Simon Mark Smith said “For me The Tree of Hope Charity is about helping kids with disabilities find their way in the world, so both the world and they themselves can see their true value.”

The Tree of Hope Children’s Charity are actively promoting the single in order to benefit sick children and their families. Jeremy Marris at The Tree of Hope said, “We believe if there is still life, then there is hope and that is what our charity aims to bring to the children and their families that we support.  The extra money raised through Simon Mark Smith’s Christmas single will help us to improve even more lives.”

The single is released tomorrow, Saturday 10th December and is hoped to be a big success with its mixture of melody and meaningful lyrics.  A spokesperson at The Tree of Hope Children’s Charity summed it up; “The single is available tomorrow in time for Christmas.  Not only is it a great song but it’s for a great cause and we encourage everyone to go to iTunes or CDBaby to purchase their copy for only 99p!”


Notes For Editors

The Tree of Hope Children’s Charity :

  • The Tree of Hope Children’s Charity operates with the main aim of offering “hope” to the families of sick children in the UK.  It helps families of children who need specialist medical surgery, treatment and therapy in order to stop them suffering.
  • The Tree of Hope is a registered charity in England and Wales No. 1043092 and a registered charity in Scotland No. SC042611.
  • The Tree of Hope charity is endorsed by the FRSB and the Institute of Fundraising.
  • The Tree of Hope Children’s Charity relies on donations, both monetary and material, from businesses and individuals and is using this Christmas song release as a new line of potential funding.
  • The charity was founded by Corinne Gardner 17 years ago.

Recording Artist, Simon Mark Smith:

  • Simon Mark Smith is a singer, writer, painter and photographer.
  • His most recent album, just released, is titled Wonderful Life.
  • He is from Eastbourne in the UK.
  • His chosen music genres are rock and folk rock.
  • He has 96,000 followers on Facebook


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