Rainbows Hospice For Children and Young People is due to benefit from the X Factor charity single, a cover of Rose Royce classic ‘Wishing on a Star’. Launched this Sunday, 27 November live on ITV, the single will be performed on X Factor by the last sixteen contestants as well as JLS and One Direction (who visited the hospice in October).

All net proceeds will go to Together for Short Lives who represent all children’s hospices nationally, including Rainbows in Loughborough. The charity was handpicked by Simon Cowell, who is a patron and has supported the organisation for a number of years.

Simon Cowell, Patron of Together for Short Lives comments on his involvement in the charity, “I have seen first-hand the invaluable care and support they offer to thousands of young people and their families, so I am thrilled that the X Factor charity single this year will benefit this charity.

“Whenever I spend time with these children and families, I realise just how many challenges they face. And when I visit the places that help them, like a children’s hospice, it is clear to see that they are an incredible lifeline to the families that use them. But they are more than just a building and a lot of support is also given in the home. And it’s not just the kids, it’s the parents and well brothers and sisters that need help.

“Every one of these services relies on the public’s generosity to maintain what they’re doing, otherwise they don’t exist – that’s the reality. The X Factor charity single is an opportunity to help them.”

JLS noted: “Simon Cowell feels strongly about giving his support to Together for Short Lives, and when he asked us to get involved, we were obviously going to say yes!

“It must be difficult trying to lead a normal life when you’re looking after a child who needs you 24/7, so the help the children and their families get is so important. That’s why it’s fantastic that the money raised by the single will help these children.”

“Our fans are fantastic; they know how important charity work and giving something back is to us, we’re sure they’ll support us and buy the single.

“Every single bought means more money for seriously ill kids. It means that children around the UK will be able to continue to have fun, play games and just do what kids like doing.”

Scott Lea, spokesman for Rainbows commented: “The X Factor Single gives Rainbows an extraordinary and unique opportunity to tell the public about the issues that face the children and families we support. It’s amazing to have such an iconic patron as Simon Cowell spreading the word about children’s hospices.

“Rainbows has been so incredibly lucky recently. The X Factor single, our surprise visit from One Direction and coverage on BBC1’s The One Show is not only helping us to get our fundraising message out there, but more importantly new families have approached us who are in need of our services. We’re so very grateful for all the support.”

During their recent visit to Rainbows, One Direction said: “Projects like Rainbows are so important to the children and their families.”

The single costs £3.99 and is available to pre order at HMV and Amazon now, and via download http://xfactor.togetherforshortlives.org.uk on 28 November on Syco Music and in all good high street stores (Sainsbury’s, Tesco, M&S, Asda and many more).