Sussex NHS workers join Rag'n'Bone Man and P!NK on new NHS charity single

Sussex NHS choir members have joined Rag'n'Bone Man and P!NK on a new charity single released to mark International Nurses Day (May 12).

Wednesday, 12th May 2021, 12:16 pm
Rag'n'Bone Man

Uckfield's Rag’n’Bone Man and US superstar P!nk gave a rapturous closing performance at this year’s BRIT Awards.

They have now released their version of Anywhere Away From Here with the Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Choir as a charity single.

The choir features East and West Sussex members, soprano Camille Hirons from Shoreham, alto Joanne Neophytou-Linn from Brighton and bass Graeme Tyler from Lewes.

Money raised will go to the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Charity and NHS Charities Together, who represent the charities of all NHS Trusts in the UK.

Camille Hirons: Camille, from Shoreham, earned her doctorly stripes at University Hospital Lewisham and is now a fully qualified general practitioner in south-east London. With Covid restricting access to GP practices, Camille went to work seeing patients out in the community. She’s now on maternity leave, awaiting the arrival of a little one.

Joanne Neophytou-Linn: As a pharmacy technician working in the community, Brightonian Joanne’s role gives her the opportunity to see patients in their own home environment and work with them over a longer period to provide support, education and advice around their medicines. Joanne has a wife of two years, and is an active member of the LGBT+ Network.

Graeme Tyler: Graeme works in the children’s emergency department as well as the Hippo ward, where children are looked after and made to feel comfortable as they are assessed for further treatment options.

Camille Hirons

“Of course, our job was made so much harder by Covid,” said Graeme. “It has helped so much that we’ve received hundreds of beautiful drawings and letters from children – they’ve been a wonderfully calming and healthy influence on us as we continue to give 100% to help our young patients get better.”

The single is released today (Wednesday May 12th) to marks International Nurses Day.

Spokeswoman Jenny Entwistle said: “The choir do their singing and rehearsing in their spare time, all while providing amazing care for the residents of their local boroughs.

“Disciplines from physiotherapy to sexual health to chemotherapy are all represented in the trust choir’s diverse group of singers. Members include soprano pair Ozioma Obi and Elem Nnachi, who work together on the neonatal intensive care unit, with midwife Lizzie Farrant fitting the choir around her clinical work and marathon-running. In the true spirit of bringing people together, Tom Jackson and Zoe Davies – a trauma surgeon and a consultant endocrinologist respectively – met through the trust choir and are now married.

Jenny added: “Since winning The BRIT Rising Star award in 2017 Rag’n’Bone Man has won a total of three BRIT Awards. In 2003 the multi-million selling global pop icon P!nk won her first BRIT Award for International Female, and in 2019 she was honoured with the prestigious Outstanding Contribution to Music Award.

“Three years after his ground-breaking, award winning debut Human, Rag’n’Bone Man has now released his stellar new album Life By Misadventure and is on course to hit the top of the charts once again according to the official charts midweeks. This special charity single is a fresh new take on his latest single Anywhere Away From Here’ (with US superstar P!nk) which features on the album alongside the album’s other incredible single All You Ever Wanted.

“NHS Charities Together have recently launched a new appeal urging the public to be ‘there for them’ as NHS staff face the triple challenge of dealing with the continuing impact of Covid, tackling the backlog of other patients who desperately need treatment and making sure their own mental health isn’t a casualty of the crisis.

“NHS Charities Together will use the funds raised through the new appeal to significantly ramp up the mental health and wellbeing programmes and facilities available for staff across the UK.”