VIDEO: Morecambe’s answer to Band Aid

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This year is the 30th birthday of Band Aid and a modern version of the charity single has already topped the charts.

Now local musicians have followed in Bob Geldof and co’s footsteps by recording their own interpretation of ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ for a very good cause.

Local musicians are coming together to raise money for a children's charity.  Singer Stuart Michaels with staff and children from Unique Kidz.

Local musicians are coming together to raise money for a children's charity. Singer Stuart Michaels with staff and children from Unique Kidz.

Morecambe singer Stuart Michaels is the brains behind the idea to raise cash for children’s charity Unique Kidz & Co.

Set up in Carnforth by parents Jane Halpin and Denise Armer, Unique Kidz runs after school clubs for kids with disabilities.

Stuart, who works as an Olly Murs tribute act and DJ, said: “I wanted to do something to give back to the community.

“I stumbled across the Unique Kidz website and I really liked what they were doing. We chose Band Aid because it’s probably the biggest fundraising song there’s ever been. We wanted to pick something everyone would know. It symbolises Christmas time as well.”

Some of the acts involved in the project are Mark McKenna, Jason Stardust, Alex Taylor, Robert Taylor, Laura Roberts, Dani Gallagher, Joanne Halliwell, Mike Jackson, Mandy Butterworth, Body and Soul, and Natasha Bates.

Stuart also thanked Neil Gowland for use of his studio and Al Robbins for making an official music video.

Caroline Costello, business development manager at Unique Kidz, said: “It’s brilliant, absolutely amazing that people go to so much trouble. Something like this takes so much organising.

“The kids love music and have actually written and recorded their own Christmas song too with More Music.”

Stuart has also organised a charity day for Unique Kidz this Sunday (December 21) at the Trimpell Club in Morecambe. Acts who appear on the single will perform. Tickets cost £3, with free admission for kids. It runs from 2pm to 11pm. All welcome. Copies of the single will be available.

Watch our video to see Stuart visiting the Unique Kidz and Co after school club at The Loyne School in Lancaster, as he helps young Isaac Armer and Ryan Glendinning to make a papier mache Olaf the snowman from the film Frozen.

Stay tuned for details on how to buy the single and for the video launch.