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Stars lend a hand to make SSAFA charity album a recording reality.
Friday 27th June 2014 @ 19:00 by Anna Fletcher


Westend Star, Simon Schofield is bringing his talents to Tameside through the Soldiers’, Sailors’ and Airmen Families Association.

The long serving military charity dedicated to supporting servicemen, women and their families, was approached by Christina Howard, who has come up with the idea of creating a SSAFA album.

The record will help to raise money for the cause and help homeless veterans and needy welfare cases. Simon said he had no hesitation in getting involved.

Phillip Allen Wright, a Chester-based songwriter has also been approached by Christina.

She has asked him to write original songs and freely donate them to the SSAFA.

The songs Phillip has created are a mixture of pop, classical, rock and soul to cater to everyone’s tastes.

The theme of the music has been centred around the hardship of war.

Over 18 months the songs were put together and feature groups such as Sapphire Blue, a SSAFA choir who were also founded during the making of the CD.

The group features on the record alongside Simon and Hyde Clarendon’s Preforming Arts students who were also involved on one of the tracks.

Wing Commander Roy Catterall, of the East Lancashire Wing, praised Christina’s enthusiasm.

“We are very happy with Christina and the Choir she has organised,” he said.

“It’s remarkable and the fundraising has helped a lot of our welfare cases. We are also very proud to have Simon Schofield singing for our cause on this album.”

The album has been recorded at local Ashton studio, Hop Pole where the support has been great.

There has been lots of support for the making of the album, with the choir securing fundraising for the album through multiple concerts and sponsorship from SSAFA Manchester Branch.

The album costs £5 with every penny goes towards supporting welfare cases across Tameside.