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Song for Lily-Mae on track to top chart at Christmas

Nick Bramhill

Published 08/12/2012 | 05:00

A MOTHER'S dream of seeing a charity single for her cancer-stricken daughter top the Christmas charts is still on track.

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The cover of Elton John's 'Tiny Dancer' retained the number one spot in Ireland for the second week running.

The song, originally released in 1972, was re-recorded by a string of top Irish musicians to help four-year-old Lily-Mae Morrison.

The youngster, from Claregalway, Co Galway, suffers from neuroblastoma, an extremely rare childhood cancer.

Judith Sibley, Lily-Mae's mother, said her daughter has been recovering well, while her spirits have been lifted by the continued success of 'Tiny Dancer', which features a host of Irish stars, including Paddy Casey, John Spillane, Declan O'Rourke and Mundy.

She said it is vital the single retains its chart-topping position at Christmas, as it will help raise the €750,000 needed to pay for her daughter's medical treatment abroad.

Earlier this week Elton John again urged the public to back the single, saying: "Please help Lily-Mae and her family achieve their hopes for increased awareness of the disease and maybe the Christmas number one, by continuing to buy and download the single."

Irish Independent

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