Sebastian's Action Trust will receive some profits from Skyscraper

Basingstoke Gazette: X Factor's winner's success will help local charity X Factor's winner's success will help local charity

SOME of the proceeds from the sales of this year’s X Factor winner’s single will go towards a charity which runs a North Waltham respite home for seriously ill-children and their families.

The profits from the single Skyscraper by contest winner Sam Bailey – which is this year’s Christmas number one – will be split between children’s charities Together for Short Lives and Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Sebastian’s Action Trust (SAT), which runs North Waltham home The Bluebells, will in turn receive a share of the proceeds donated to the former charity.

Jane Gates, chief executive of SAT, 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.”

Barbara Gelb, chief executive of Together for Short Lives, said: “Together for Short Lives is so thrilled to be benefitting from The X Factor winner’s single again this year.

“This is amazing news for us and the UK’s 49,000 children and young people with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions and all those who support, love and care for them.

“Working with The X Factor is transformational. Through this fantastic partnership, we have been able to reach out to thousands of families, and the money raised has made a real difference to local services, like children’s hospices, which deliver lifeline support to children and families.

“When you buy The X Factor winner’s single, you will know that every single copy sold will make a real difference to families across the UK, helping them to make the most of their precious time together.”

It is hoped that the sales of Skyscraper will be so good that it could net profits of more than £1million for charity.

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