North East charity to benefit from X Factor winner's single

Proceeds from the X Factor winner's single are set to benefit North East charity St Oswald’s Hospice in Gosforth

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The X Factor 2013 contestants

Proceeds from The X Factor winner’s song will help a North East hospice.

St Oswald’s Hospice in Gosforth, Newcastle, will benefit from the proceeds of the single which will be released by the act crowned the winner of the ITV singing competition next month.

Last year’s winner James Arthur, sold more than 1.3 million copies of his single Impossible, raising money for Together for Short Lives.

This year The Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and Together for Short Lives will both receive a donation of the money raised from the sale of the song, and St Oswald’s Hospice will receive its share from Together for Short Lives.

Anita Ball, director of fundraising and retail at St Oswald’s Hospice, said: “We are delighted that The X Factor winner’s single is going to make a real difference to children with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions and their families.

“It will really help to raise awareness of the needs of children and families we support, and important funding to allow us to do even more to help them.”

There are still two live shows before The X Factor final on December 15.

The acts still in the competition are Rough Copy, Sam Bailey, Tamera Foster, Luke Friend and Nicholas McDonald.

The single will be available to download immediately after the winner is crowned and the physical copy will also be available to purchase from shops from December 18, with at least £1 for each CD sold and 20p from each download sold in the UK going to the charities.

This is the sixth year an X Factor single will benefit a charity in the UK.

Simon Cowell said: “Both Together for Short Lives and Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity are really important charities.

“Every day they do inspiring work and help a load of kids and their families, all of which need their expertise and support.

“I have been lucky enough to see first-hand the great work that both of these charities do.

“I am thrilled that we can do something to help by donating the sales of The X Factor winner’s single to them both.

“Thank you in advance to everyone who will help.”

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