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Irish woman's powerful song for charity about struggle of parents with sick children strikes a chord

Published 04/09/2016 | 19:49

Claire Hayden performing 'The Greatest One'
Claire Hayden performing 'The Greatest One'

An Irish woman's powerful song about the struggle of parents with sick children has struck a chord with thousands of people.

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Claire Hayden, from Bantry, Co Cork, wrote and recorded the single for children's ambulance services charity 'BUMBLEance'.

The video, 'The Greatest One', has amassed over 26,000 views and Claire described the response as "unreal".

"The amount of people who have contacted me, saying they didn't realise the work BUMBLEance did and now they want to help out, is phenomenal," Claire told Independent.ie.

Singer-songwriter Claire, who works as a Special Needs Assistant, previously wrote an anti-bullying song with one of her music students that hit national headlines.

"I have been writing songs for a few years," she said.

"The video was posted and it had a couple of thousand views. Then, the man who recorded it and put it up, Tony O'Donovan, rang me two nights ago and said look at the views.

"I was delighted with how many people had watched it since.

"It's absolutely fantastic."

Claire said the lyrics of the song are quite "sad", but she hopes it gets the message across.

"I had no idea of what these families were going though. If I had written a song where everything turns out okay in the end, that wouldn't have been true.

"I tried to write it in a realistic way. Hopefully it gets across how these families are fighting for services for their children.

"It is basically about a parent's love for their child," she added.

All proceeds of the song sales go to BUMBLEance.

Claire made the decision to sell the CD through a music store in Cork, as she said it would be tough to raise enough money for the charity through selling the song on iTunes with the fees involved.

For those who can't make it to Bantry, the CDs can be posted out from Hickeys Music Store in Bantry (027-51666).

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