A song inspired by nurses during the Covid-19 crisis has been released to help raise fund for healthcare workers in need.
‘Working on the Frontline’, performed by band Jessie and The Leonards, is the first song from the forthcoming album ‘Song Club’. Proceeds will go to the RCN Foundation’s Covid-19 support fund.
The album and song was inspired by photographs taken by nurse Hannah Grace Deller, a paedatric matron who documented her and other nurses’ experiences during the pandemic.
Chris Difford, who curated the album, said Ms Deller’s work first grabbed his attention when he saw it on Channel 4 programme ’Grayson’s Art Club’.
He said: ‘Inspired by her work I asked all of my co-writing chums to use her photographs as inspiration for songwriting.
‘Together we have created a body of work to raise funds for the frontline workers, it has been so inspiring to hear the results.’
The album also includes songs written by songwriters including Nik Kershaw, Graham Gouldman, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Mark Nevin, Julia Fordham, Robert Vincent, Judie Tzuke, Kimmie Rhodes, Judith Owen and Kathryn Williams.
Ms Deller said: ‘I hope that the voices of all the unsung heroes, their efforts and sacrifices are heard in this music.
‘For me this record is a thank you to all my colleagues on the frontline, from the porters & domestics, to the doctors and nurses, I’ll never forget how we all stood side-by-side on the frontline fighting this illness together.’