Thursday 22 March 2018

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

Nick Bramhill

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

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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