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Posties in York Support Prostate Cancer Charity Single

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10:15am 15th April 2013

Royal Mail workers in York are supporting their colleagues who are releasing a charity single in aid of Prostate Cancer UK.

The Royal Mail Choir and X Factor winner Joe McElderry have joined forces by recording a charity single for Prostate Cancer UK, the company’s Charity of the Year partner. They have recorded a stirring version of the hymn Abide with Me. The song can be downloaded from iTunes and Amazon MP3 and the Royal Mail say they will donate £1 to Prostate Cancer UK for every download. You can watch the video here:



The song was chosen by the Royal Mail because, they say of its historic link with the FA Cup Final, which will be held on 11 May. On 9 May, Royal Mail add that they will issue 11 stamps celebrating the greatest football heroes from England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in men in the UK. Over 40,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year and one man dies from the disease every hour. Royal Mail Group and its employees say they have so far raised around £800,000, including matched funding, for Prostate Cancer UK since the charity partnership launched last year. Royal Mail Group and its staff say they aim to raise at least £2 million for Prostate Cancer UK over the course of the partnership, in order to fund up to 50 Prostate Cancer UK nurses.  

Royal Mail Delivery Director, Steve McGuinness said: “We’re really proud of our colleagues who have recorded this song with Joe.

“Not only does it sound great, it will also help make a real difference to Prostate Cancer UK’s work in supporting men and their families affected by the disease. We encourage our local community to download the song and help us raise as much money for the charity as possible.”

The Royal Mail Choir

Abide with Me is the first professional recording by the Royal Mail Choir, which formed for a TV series last year. They enjoyed the experience so much that they have continued to perform to raise money for charity.

Choir leader, Tim Barber, commented: “We’ve got 30 postmen, postwomen, delivery office, mail centre staff and managers singing their hearts out for charity.

“Joe’s a brilliant singer and he’s been enormously helpful – we’re all really proud of the song and delighted Joe agreed to take part.”

Working with Joe McElderry

Joe has released four albums since winning the X Factor - more than any other X factor winner - two of which have reached the top three in the album charts.

Joe and the choir recorded the single at the famous Sphere Studios, London, where the likes of Adele and the Script made their albums.

Joe said: “I was delighted to be asked to sing on this record, which will hopefully raise lots of money for Prostate Cancer UK.

“It was great recording the song with the Royal Mail Choir – they’re a talented group of people, and together I think we’ve produced a brilliant and moving track.”

Joe continued: “Royal Mail’s doing a fantastic thing by supporting Prostate Cancer UK in this way. It’s not the sort of thing that you’d expect a big organisation to do. I was very impressed when I heard of their plans.”

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