Amanda Holden has released a charity single in order to raise money for the National Health Service during the global coronavirus pandemic.
The Britain’s Got Talent judge has recorded a cover of ‘Over The Rainbow’ in collaboration with Marks and Spencer’s All In This Together campaign, and says she owes her life to NHS staff.
“This campaign and the NHS mean a lot to me because, as I’m sure you’ve read over the years, they’ve saved my life. They’ve saved my sister’s life after she was in a car accident,” Amanda said.
“And, of course, our son Theo was born sleeping at an NHS hospital where all the staff were utterly extraordinary and treated us with so much empathy and love. So, I feel like I owe them so much. I feel like we all owe them a debt now and of course for the future to come.”
In 2011, at seven months pregnant with her son Theo, a scan tragically revealed his heart had stopped so Amanda and her husband Chris Hughes opted for a caesarean at West Middlesex University Hospital, where Amanda had undergone midwifery training for an ITV documentary called Out Of My Depth in 2009.
She had remained close pals with three of the midwives – Jackie Nash, Pippa Nightingale and Natalie Carter – who all rushed to be with her.
Their care and support in the following months convinced Amanda that all parents of stillborn babies need extra help through their grief, and so she decided to set up a fund known as ‘Theo’s Hope’ with the aim of providing bereavement counsellors in maternity units around the UK.
“Last year, I recorded a version of Over The Rainbow. It’s a song I used to sing as a girl with my nan and grandad and one I love to sing with my daughters, Lexi and Hollie,” the 49-year-old star added.
“When Marks & Spencer and I were chatting last week we remembered this song and lyrically it feels more relevant now than ever. My record label, VirginEMI, have kindly agreed to put the song out with all proceeds going to support this wonderful cause for the NHS.”
Speaking about the pandemic, Amanda added: “Life has taken a really funny turn but one thing that I think has become really clear is that we are all in this together. And more than ever, we’ve reconnected with love and hope during this time.
“The wonderful team at Marks & Spencer have designed these beautiful rainbow T-shirts with all proceeds going to NHS Charities Together.”
Posting a video on Instagram of herself speaking at home, Amanda said: “I will be forever grateful to the NHS, I’m sure we all have our own story as to what makes our health service so special. Doctors, nurses, carers, midwives and all the other wonderful people who makes the NHS work. You’re all amazing!”
Listen to Amanda’s single below, and donate to NHS Charities Together here.