Plumber of note’s carol inspiration

Paul recording the children
Paul recording the children
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a CHRISTMAS record penned by a Yorkshire plumber is aiming to raise money for children with cancer

Paul Ballington deciced to write the charity single, Santa Claus, am I naughty or nice? after hearing the plight of a little girl at his children’s school.

Father of two Paul from Dinnington, South Yorkshire, has written the song to support the charity PACT (Parents’ Association of Children with Tumours and Leukaemia). The charity helped Elizabeth Parker and her family while she was treated in Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

The songwriting plumber even drafted in the help of Elizabeth’s friends by getting her class at Anston Park Infants School to sing the chorus.

“I have always wanted to write a Christmas song but I have never got round to doing,” says Paul.

“So when I heard about the support the family had received from PACT and the difference it had made to them, I just wanted to do something to help.

“The kids were amazing and it was great to get them all involved and watch the excitement when they recorded their lines. Each and every one of them was a true professional.”

The 36 year-old has been writing songs on and off for 15 years, starting with little ditties and birthday songs for friends and family. More recently he has begun writing tailor-made songs for any occasion such as birthdays and weddings and it was only a matter of time before he set his sights on climbing up the charts with a Christmas song.

“Hopefully my song will raise some much needed money for PACT to support other families who are dealing with childhood cancer. I love singing and making people laugh and hopefully the light-hearted lyrics will put a smile on people’s faces this Christmas.”

PACT was founded in 1977 – with a donation of £113 – when eight parents created a support group for families whose children had cancer. Its aim was to start raising funds for a Christmas party and a summer trip for the children.Over the years the charity has expanded its remit to include children with leukaemia and today raise money to support the provision of equipment and facilities for families.

It aims to provide an invaluable source of both practical and emotional support for children and their families throughout their contact with the oncology unit.

Robin Jeeps, trustee and vice-chair of PACT , added: “We think the song is a great idea and a fabulous way to raise awareness of PACT and the work we do for children and their families, especially at this time of the year when he can put a smile on people’s faces as well. We wish him all the best with his song and hope to see him on top of the charts in four weeks”.

Rachel Turton, class teacher and music coordinator at Anston Park Infant School, said: “I was really pleased for myself and my class to be part of raising money for such a worthwhile cause.

“The children loved the funny lyrics in the song and thoroughly enjoyed singing it.”

Santa Claus, am I naughty or nice? which was recorded in Sheffield at the Steelworks Studio, is available to buy now 89p from both Amazon and iTunes; all proceeds will go to PACT.

The video is also available to watch on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-K6hxoDEwM.