A Lancashire accountant’s skill as a songwriter, who won our Last Choir Song Competition has donated his winnings to his favourite charity, Brian House Children’s Hospice.

Simon Cox, from Lytham, submitted his song ‘Believe’ into the songwriting contest,  which triumphed thanks to a public vote on BBC Radio Lancashire.

His song ‘Believe’ will be performed by all the Last Choir Singing primary schools taking part in our June grand final.

Simon and his wife Emma, have supported Brian House for a number of years but stepped up their fund-raising journey in 2018 when Simon wrote and recorded ‘Golden Days’, last year’s song competition winner. The song raised money for the hospice every time it was downloaded from iTunes.   This year, Simon donated his songwriting contest prize of £500 to Brian House.  The hospice provides physical, psychological and spiritual support for children and their families from Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre area.

Michelle Lonican, from Brian House, said: “Simon’s support for Brian House spans over a decade, and we are so grateful that he has chosen to donate his winning song money from the Last Choir Singing to our children’s hospice.

“We know how much our own local schools get out of taking part in the competition, and it’s fabulous news that for the second year running they will join other school choirs from across the region to sing a song penned by our local man Simon.

“We’re thankful for the ongoing support from True Bearing, and look forward to working with them in the future.”

You can hear Simon’s niece, Sophie Cox, sing ‘Believe’ on YouTube, with the rap performed by Blackpool and Fylde College music student, Michael Kadenge.