With YOUR help, two members of our staff could be singing their way to festive fundraising glory!
Erdington-based Crew Commander Mick Totty and Tania Hale, who works at our headquarters, are set to spend the next few weeks in the showbiz spotlight.
They’ve joined forces with fire and rescue service staff from across the country to record a new version of ‘Do they know it’s Christmas?’, in aid of The Fire Fighters Charity and Sir Bob Geldof’s Band Aid Trust.
Originally recorded by Band Aid in November 1984, the single raised millions to support famine victims in Ethiopia. It entered the UK singles chart at No 1 and stayed there for five weeks.
Subsequent recordings raised funds for famine relief and victims of the West Africa Ebola crisis.
This year’s project has been coordinated by Chris Birdsell-Jones, a firefighter based in Welshpool with Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service.
“It started when we were in a bar in Welshpool around this time last year. The first song that came on was ‘Do They know It’s Christmas?” explained Chris.
“Everyone in the bar was singing or tapping along, and it got me wondering if we could do something for charity.
“A a couple of days later I was watching a film with the song on the soundtrack, so I took it as a sign and got to work!”
Chris formed ‘The Fire Tones’, who gathered in Birmingham earlier this month to record their single and accompanying video – complete with one of our very own fire engines!
Studio time was donated by BIMM Birmingham studios. The day’s work was rounded off with a drinks event, hosted and donated by the Marco Pierre White restaurant in The Cube, Birmingham.
WMFS Crew Commander Mick Totty, who’s served with us for 25 years, said: “It’s a great opportunity to raise money for The Fire Fighters Charity and Band Aid Trust. I’ve had physio on two occasions thanks to the charity, and raised £2,000 for them last year by running the Birmingham marathon. We really hope the song gives their finances a well-deserved boost.”
Tania Hale, a member of our Diversity, Inclusion, Cohesion and Equality (DICE) team, has worked for the service for 13 years. She added: “It’s been a fantastic experience so far, and it’s great that the single was recorded here right here in the West Midlands. Fingers crossed for that Christmas No 1 Spot!”.
The single’s due for release on iTunes, Spotify and Amazon at midnight on 30 November, and will also be available for sale in several Tesco stores.
You can follow the group on Twitter and Instagram: @TheFireTones999 and on Facebook: @TheFireTones