Stacey Solomon, who shot to fame inÂ The X FactorÂ in 2009, releases her first Christmas single today (19 December) to boost funds for Great Shelford-based charity, Alzheimerâ€™s Research UK and childrenâ€™s hospices charity Together For Short Lives.Â Stacey will go head-to-head for the festive number one spot with this yearâ€™sÂ X FactorÂ winners, Little Mix.
After recording a cover ofÂ Driving Home for ChristmasÂ for an Iceland Foods advert, fans started to ask where they could buy it. Stacey decided to release her version of the song to raise money for Icelandâ€™s charity of the year Alzheimerâ€™s Research UK and for childrenâ€™s hospices.
Recently engaged Stacey, 22, has become a national sweetheart since rising to fame and is the face of Iceland Foods in their advertising campaigns. Stacey said:
â€œIf I got the Christmas number one it would be the best feeling in the world. Iâ€™d be ecstatic! But I donâ€™t think Iâ€™d be able to look Simon Cowell in the eye.
â€œChristmas is a time for giving, so Iâ€™m thrilled to raise money for two amazing charities.â€
Rebecca Wood, Chief Executive of Alzheimerâ€™s Research UK, added:
â€œStaceyâ€™s single has come as a wonderful surprise and we wish her every success in claiming the number one spot for Christmas. Every copy sold will bring us nearer to finding preventions, new treatments and an eventual cure for Alzheimerâ€™s disease and other forms of dementia.
â€œItâ€™s brilliant to have Staceyâ€™s support and to know that everyone at Iceland Foods is behind us too in our drive to defeat dementia. Iceland chose us as its Charity of the Year for 2011 and their support has been incredible – theyâ€™ve surpassed their pledge to raise Â£1million for our research into early-onset Alzheimerâ€™s. Support from businesses like Iceland plays a key part in helping us progress our world-class research.Â
â€œOver 6,000 people in Cambridgeshire live with the reality of dementia today but investment into research lags far behind other serious diseases. Dementia poses one of the greatest threats to public health now and in the future. We rely entirely on our wonderful supporters to fund our vital dementia research, including people like Stacey, Iceland Foods and our many fundraisers in Cambridgeshire.â€
Stacey Solomonâ€™s debut singleÂ Driving Home for ChristmasÂ is now available in stores and to download online atÂ http://itunes.apple.com/gb/preorder/driving-home-for-christmas/id485387553Â
If you wish to speak to Rebecca Wood or have any questions for Stacey Solomon, please contact Sue Armstrong, Media Officer at Alzheimerâ€™s Research UK on 01223 843304, 07500 119514 or emailÂ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Â Iceland Chief Executive Malcolm Walker can also provide a column outlining his Everest challenge and why Iceland Foods is supporting Alzheimerâ€™s Research UK, contact as above.
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