Teen Aid UK, a group of teenagers including two from Worthing, who were inspired by Band Aid in the 1980s are on tonight’s BBC1 Children in Need show (Friday November 14th).
The teenagers released a cover version of Shine by Take That last month to benefit the appeal. They have also produced a fun music video featuring a cameo by Pudsey.
To add to their excitement Teen Aid UK’s publicity photo with Pudsey is being considered to be featured in Eastenders tonight. If successful the photo will be hanging on the wall of the famous Queen Vic and the guests in the pub will introduce the photo and the fundraising achievements of Teen Aid UK.
The idea came about from one of the teenager’s mothers, Emma Finlay-Smith, who thought it would be a wonderful opportunity to recreate the spirit of Band Aid among teenagers who met at the same singing school.
Emma said: “I was delighted with the enthusiasm of the teens when I approached them to get involved in the project. Their work ethic and commitment to giving their absolute all in the studio has been amazing. It is quite clear that they really do want to help make a difference to the lives of other children.”
Producer Forbes Coleman, of Audio Beach Studios, Hove, who worked on the single, said: “It was great fun working with the band on such a worthwhile project.They really put their all into it and I’m sure it will raise lots of money for charity.”
The two teenagers from Worthing are Alasdair Tennent and Christelle Lamb both aged 14.
Shine by Teen Aid UK is available on iTunes – 50p of each download will go to the BBC Children In Need Appeal.