Katherine Jenkins and Dame Vera Lynn revealed all proceeds from the release of We’ll Meet Again will go to supporting NHS staff and volunteers treating COVID-19 patients and working to tackle the coronavirus outbreak. The single will be released on Saturday.
Lynn said: “The words ‘We’ll meet again’ speak to the hope we should all have during these troubling times.”
“As Dame Vera herself has said, while the lyrics of We’ll Meet Again take us back to the time of WW2, the sentiment feels appropriate and meaningful today and relevant to the current crisis,” Jenkins added.
“It is a song of hope and Dame Vera and I sing this in honour of (and in aid of) our superhero NHS workers and their families.
“They are putting themselves at risk to ensure we will meet our dearest again.”
100 per cent of the proceeds from the release of Jenkins and Lynn’s duet will go to NHS Charities Together and will be granted to over NHS charities across England, Scotland and Wales.
The funds will be used to fund wellbeing packs and gifts for NHS staff and volunteers on wards, cost of travel and parking for NHS workers and volunteers, volunteer expenses and other items to enhance the wellbeing of those caring for patients with COVID-19.
Jenkins appeared on Good Morning Britain to speak about the duet this morning.
“The single is going to be released on April 11, all proceeds will be going to the NHS Charities Together, which will help provide food, mental health, car parking for staff working on the front line,” she said.
“It’s amazing to be working with Dame Vera Lynn who invited me to do a duet a few years ago.”
Lynn originally released We’ll Meet Again in 1942 and made her the sweetheart of the armed forced during World War II.
The song became popular with soldiers and their families with its message of hope.
On Sunday, the Queen referenced the song in her speech to the nation regarding the coronavirus.
Her Majesty said the UK “will succeed” in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic and praised key workers and those staying home for helping to save lives amid the ongoing crisis.
“We should take comfort that while we may have more still to endure, better days will return,” she said.
“We will be with our friends again; we will be with our families again, we will meet again.”
The Queen also said the sense of loneliness and separation caused by social distancing measured reminded her of child evacuees during the WWII.
Since the Queen’s speech on Sunday, Lynn’s We’ll Meet Again has shot back up the charts.
Spotify revealed the song “more than tripled in streams” in comparison to data taken on March 29, while it also climbed over 100 places on the iTunes chart to the 22nd spot.
More to follow…
Published at Wed, 08 Apr 2020 08:36:00 +0000