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Go Joe! – Buy before Christmas

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South Shields star in charity raising bid

Local lad Joe McElderry somehow found time to squeeze in a visit to his home town South Shields and I know where he buys his pies and pasties, but I’m keeping it a secret. In between his TV recording sessions for ITV’s “The X Factor” Joe has also been recording a single along with the other contestants in a gallant bid to raise funds for the Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity, we all know how much good work they do on behalf of children in very difficult circumstances. Retailers including W H Smith, Tesco,and  Sainsbury’s in the town are donating their profits from the sale of the single, a cover of Michael Jackson’s “You are not alone” to the charity, and on all other sales £1 from each single will go to Great Ormond Street. Here’s the official video featuring South Shields’ Joe McElderry:


It would be great, not only for Joe and the town, but also for the hospital charity to see the single go to No. 1 in the UK chart this week and stay there for Christmas, so come on South Shields folks put your hand in your pocket or purse and get down into the town and buy a copy now. If getting to the shops is a bit of a problem you can also buy it online here.

Like to keep up to date with how the charity and the single are doing? Well that’s nice and simple too they have a blog here, and you can also support and follow them on Twitter too.

I might have found a bone to pick with the Westoe pub recently about the posters in the window on Remembrance Sunday but I’m sure everyone will want to get behind this initiative and I’m more than happy to support their efforts. My thanks go to Jess Holland at PassitonMedia for kindly supplying these pictures of Joe McElderry visiting sick children at the Great Ormond Street Hospital, he always looks happy to oblige too!

Naturally all of us in South Shields are all hoping that Joe wins “The X Factor”.

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Written by curly

November 19, 2009 at 6:05 am

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  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Curly15 and Curly15, GOSH. GOSH said: Thanks to @Curly15 for this blog amazing article – with all the support we are hoping to be number 1 […]

  2. … Alternatively, if you prefer to bypass all the marketing hype, you could donate to Great Ormond Street directly.


    November 19, 2009 at 5:17 pm

  3. How sad that Cllr Khan chooses to criticise the council’s support of Joe on his Twitter page. I hope this talented lad does well. He’s doing South Tyneside proud.

    Go Joe!

    David Potts

    November 22, 2009 at 8:48 pm

  4. Wooo, my picture made it onto here, im the one with joe and olly on there 🙂

    This guy is lovely, ive met him on the two occassions,on the second he remembered me from the first occassion. I was greeted with a huge tight hug, so tight that he bashed his head on my head wound which was operated on just 2 days before 😛
    Bless him, he is lovely!! 🙂


    November 25, 2009 at 2:41 pm

  5. If anyone is interested in donating further to Great Ormond Street Hospital, the hospital is selling the charity t-shirts that were seen on the show at the hospital website, for only £7.50!
    Perfect Christmas gift idea I’d say all while supporting a grat cause!

    Great Ormond Street Hospital

    November 26, 2009 at 11:36 am

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