THE inspirational Lyra Cole, from Burnham, is releasing her third single today to raise money for charity.
The song is a cover of Toy Story’s ‘You’ve got a friend in me’ and the proceeds will go In Charley’s Memory, a mental health charity.
Lyra, who is seven, had a large brain tumour successfully removed when she was a baby. She hopes the song can cheer up Britain and the world in tough times.
Her two previous songs, Shakin’ Stevens’ ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’ and ‘When A Child is Born’ reached 120 million people and were both hit singles to raise money for Brain Cancer Research.
In Charley’s Memory, which has a close partnership with The King Alfred School Academy in Highbridge, was given its official charity status in March 2015 and has gone on to aid countless numbers of people as the need for their services has rocketed.
Lyra’s auntie, film-maker Jessie Hawkes, who attended TKASA, is again producing and filming the song.
Jessie said: “It has been such a tough 12 months for Britain and the whole world. Everybody’s mental health is affected in some way.
“We hope that this song will help to lift people spirits, and the money raised will be helping a fantastic cause.”
ICM has worked with The King Alfred School Academy for many years since the tragic death of former student Charley after battling mental health issues.
It now also works with other schools in The Priory Learning Trust, Worle Community School Academy and Priory Community School Academy, as well as other schools across Somerset.