Southampton players Danny Ings and Jack Stephens have lent their support to Naomi House & Jacksplace, by playing guitar on their charity single.
The Saints duo got involved in the Forevermore Song Project after their guitar teacher, Aidan Hampson, was involved in the original recording of the song.
Aidan is in the Southampton-based band Dlugokecki, with Ben Dlugokecki, who wrote the song for Naomi House & Jacksplace, which provide expert hospice care to children and young adults from Hampshire, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Dorset, the Isle of Wight and beyond.
Ings and Stephens can be seen strumming away in the official Forevermore music video, which has already been viewed more than 20,000 times on the charity’s Facebook page.
Ings said: “Naomi House & Jacksplace is a wonderful charity that does some really incredible work, so I was delighted to be able to support the Forevermore project and was very pleased to be asked to feature on the single.”
His teammate, Stephens, added: “Being asked to play on a charity single when you’re learning guitar was a little bit daunting, but I was really honoured to be a part of it. It’s for a tremendous cause, and I really hope people support it.”
Lucy Gray, Regional Fundraiser for Naomi House & Jacksplace, said: “We were over the moon when we found out that football superstars Danny and Jack wanted to get involved in the Forevermore project. We’re so grateful to them for lending their excellent guitar skills to the song and hope their involvement will encourage even more people to get on board.”
Naomi House & Jacksplace is also challenging local schools, music groups and community groups to create their own versions of ‘Forevermore’, to be submitted via a creative music video.
Lucy continued: “We know that all football fans can sing at the top of their lungs, so fingers crossed all the Saints fans out there will get involved and make Forevermore your own. The song has been written as a track that is easy to sing and play, and all lyrics, melodies, scores and harmonies are available to download on our website. Huge thanks once again to Danny and Jack for their incredible support, and we look forward to working with them again in the future.”
Naomi House & Jacksplace is hoping the local community will embrace the project, and raise money for the charity by hosting performances of the song.
Each participant will be entered into a competition, which will be judged by an expert music panel at the charity, and the winning group will receive a one-off pressed vinyl of the song with the artwork sleeve designed by the children at Naomi House & Jacksplace, as well as the chance to perform for the charity in 2020. The winning group and the group who raise the most money will also win a brand new Audient iD4 USB Audio Interface. The closing date to enter is 10th July at 5pm.
For more information on the Forevermore project and how to get involved, visit www.naomihouse.org.uk/forevermore.