Prime Minister David Cameron received an early Christmas present from the RAF Benevolent Fund today when we delivered a copy of our Christmas single to him and wife Samantha.
Members of the RAF Spitfire Choir, including Flight Lieutenant Dave Emeny-Smith, Squadron Leader Andrew Baatz, Squadron Leader Anne MacKean, Flight Lieutenant Sal Roper, Flight Lieutenant Sarah Waghorn and 16-year-old cadet Edward Simmons from 291(Westminster & Chelsea) Squadron delivered a copy of 1914 – The Carol of Christmas to No. 10 Downing Street.
The Choir was also accompanied by members of the Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines Portsmouth and representatives from the Royal Marines Cadets and the Air Training Corps.
Composed by Chris Eaton (who wrote the 1990’s Number One Christmas hit ‘Saviour’s Day’) and Judd Field, the song marks the Centenary of WW1 and is raising money for the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, and ABF The Soldiers' Charity.
Of course we’re hoping it will be played around No. 10's dinner table on Christmas day, especially as it’s already catching the nation’s imagination with over 52,000 hits on YouTube in the last week – it's also number 7 on iTunes and number 13 in the Amazon Christmas Chart.
The charities benefiting from the sales include the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and the RAF Benevolent Fund.
Squadron Leader Anne MacKean said: "It has been a real honour to be a part of this song. As a personnel officer I have looked to the Service Charities to assist personnel and their families in times of significant hardship and crisis. It means so much to all the participants to be involved in, not only such an important act of remembrance, but to be part of raising money for service personnel and their families in need."
"We know that getting the song to number one and keeping it there means lots more money for charity - so that is our aim!"