19 November 2009


I'll admit here and now that I don't watch the X-Factor, but when the brilliant Brit in Bosnia asked me if I would promote the X-Factor charity single on Baby Baby I didn't think twice.

There is a very good reason for this. My brother spent a great deal of time at GOSH, pretty much from birth, until he was sixteen. I haven't written about him before because it is difficult. Losing a sibling is one of the worst things that can happen to you. When your brother dies and you are 27 and he is 25 you lose a part of you, a part of your family history. You lose a friend.

GOSH looked after Peter so well. He was terribly ill with a rare lung condition. Several times my parents were told that he would not survive the night, but he did. Thanks to his amazing spirit and thanks to the caring and highly skilled doctors and nurses that looked after him.

I'm sorry, I can't write any more.

Here is all the information you need to support the GOSH/X-Factor charity single:

You may be aware that the X Factor has released a charity single and Sony are going to donate all profits to Great Ormond St. hospital. The single was released earlier this week and they are really hoping that it will hit the No. 1 spot at the weekend. Not only do they need the money but they are hoping that the publicity that a No. 1 single will have will highlight Great Ormond St and their need to continue raising money.

All 12 of this year’s X Factor finalists have released a fantastic cover of Michael Jackson’s You Are Not Alone in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.

Their website is
http://www.gosh.org/x-factor/the-charity-single/ and there is a little video that goes with it that was shown on last weeks show http://www.gosh.org/x-factor/the-charity-single/the-story-so-far/oscar/.

Thousands of children just like Oscar, who really is an inspiration to us all, need the help of the amazing staff at GOSH and this single will help sick children from across the UK to get better.

Some of the patients of Great Ormond Street Hospital appear in the official music video launched with the single on Sunday night http://xfactor.itv.com/2009/videos/player/item_200784.htm and if you watch this then I am sure you won’t fail to want to support them.

They are asking for everyone’s support in helping this single make the number one spot this weekend. Sony are donating all profits from the sale of the single and a number of retailers are also very kindly donating all their profits from the sale of the single (find out which ones by clicking here http://www.gosh.org/x-factor/the-charity-single/buy/ ). Please ask everyone you know to buy/download this single now – it doesn’t cost much but every single bought will make an incredible difference to the sickest children in the UK right now.

Thank you.



  1. Big hugs to you and such a great cause. I will be writing about it too xx

  2. I don't buy music, but you just convinced me that I should buy this one :)

  3. Sandy, thank you for publicising a brilliant cause (maxiMad spend 4 days in ITU there when 4 months old) even though it is obviously very painful for you to discuss your brother. A very wise woman one told me that the amount of pain you suffer when you lose someone is commensurate to the amount of love you have given, your brother must have been loved very, very much. Take care

  4. There is an award for you over at mine too

  5. Great Ormond Street are fab and deserve all the support people can give them. I too am so not am X Factor fan, have never watched it, but I will buy the single, just because it is for GOSH.
    Sorry for your loss, my thoughts are with you and your family x

  6. Clare, thank you, good for you x

    Liz, thank you, it is a wonderful cause x

    Pippa, you don't have to listen to it ;-) x

    The Mad House, yes, he was loved, very much. I just couldn't finish the post. Congratulations on the award and thank you so much for passing it on to me x

    b, thank you. It is such a wonderful cause I put aside my dislike of the X-Factor while I wrote the post! x

  7. Gosh, so sorry, I'm buying a copy.


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