A SMALL Irish children's cancer charity say they are "blown away" by news that their charity single could be Christmas No 1.
'This Time of Year' is soaring in the Irish music charts despite being performed by an unknown band and having no publicity.
"It has completely taken us by surprise," said Aoibheann's Pink Tie co-founder Mick Rochford. "The reaction has just been phenomenal."
The charity, which was set up to help the children in St John's oncology ward in Crumlin hospital in memory of founder Jimmy Norman's daughter Aoibheann (7), was contacted by Tipperary-based band, Master and Commander, who recorded the song for them just 10 days ago.
Since its release last week, the single has rocketed up the charts to No 5 in the pop genre and No 10 in the Irish iTunes charts.
"It has just taken off," Mr Rochford added. "It's taken over all of the big stars and we're delighted. It's amazing how well it has done and it's so important for us to be able to raise awareness of childhood cancer and raise funds for our organisation, which is run completely by volunteers.
"So every penny goes straight to where it is needed, which is St John's ward in Crumlin hospital."
The video for the single, which is also fast becoming a YouTube hit, features Crumlin patient, Ciara Casey (4), and is placing just two spots behind chart-topping megastars like One Direction and Lily Allen.
The charity's founders are now calling on the public to help place the single at the top of the charts for Christmas.