Beach Boy’s song for city charity

Shiona Slater with sons Will (left) and Tom (right)
Shiona Slater with sons Will (left) and Tom (right)
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A founding member of The Beach Boys has given a boost to a city children’s cancer charity with a song.

Al Jardine released ‘Hurry Up, Hurry Up, Santa Claus’ to raise funds for Candlelighters following the diagnosis of a schoolboy from Skipton.

Explaining his decision to use the song to raise funds for children’s cancer charities, Al said he asked himself: “wouldn’t it be great if Santa could hurry up and deliver cures for children?”

The song was co-written by Al, Bill Roach and Scott Bennet - a family friend of Tom Slater, who was diagnosed with cancer in December 2014, aged 10 years old.

When deciding which children’s charity he would like to support, 2016 Golden Globe-nominated Scott did not have to think too long.

Scott said: “It made perfect sense to get involved with a charity that is close to my heart. Tom was an inspiration all last year.”

Based in Leeds, Candlelighters is well known to the Slater family.

Working both in Leeds General Infirmary and family support centre The Square, the charity ensures that families across Yorkshire who are affected by childhood cancer get the support they need, whether it be a funded holiday or just a cup of tea and a chat.

Tom’s mum, Shiona Slater, who is a prolific fundraiser and supporter of the charity, said: “The support that we received from Candlelighters following Tom’s diagnosis was incredible and we want to help to make sure that they continue to support other families in the fight against children’s cancer.”

The Candlelighters Trust is dedicated to combating childhood cancer, leukaemia and serious blood disorders and to making the lives of the children and their families more bearable.

To download the song and help Candlelighters support families go to www.cdbaby.com/cd/aljardine2.