Chris supports Shelter this Christmas

16 December 2009

Chris Rea

Perennial festive favourite Chris Rea’s 'Driving Home For Christmas' is getting a make-over with a new video. It's available as a digital download Christmas single in aid of Shelter from today.

Chris Rea is donating his artist record royalties and Warner Music is donating all its net profits from each sale of the digital download - subject to a minimum donation of 25 pence per single sold.

For the first time ever the song will have an accompanying promo video featuring Mike Read, David Hamilton, Kristian Digby, Gail Porter, Kirstin O’Brien, Kenny Thomas, Alexander O’Neil, Andy Abrahams, Martin Shaw, Carole Decker, Matt D’Angelo, Mark Brennan, Giles Vickers and Lionel Blair.

Chris said: 'I wanted to do something special this Christmas and what better way than to help keep a roof over people’s heads when they need it most – at Christmas. By teaming up with Shelter we can hopefully make a difference.'

Louise Parkes, director of fundraising at Shelter, says: 'This song is a real Christmas favourite and sums up perfectly just how important home is at this time of year.'

'Yet for thousands of families across the UK, Christmas will be spent in temporary accommodation or housing that is damp, overcrowded or in disrepair. Many more face an uncertain future with the threat of repossession or eviction hanging over them.'

'By buying this special Christmas digital download single you’ll be supporting Shelter’s vital work to ensure that everyone has access to a decent home.'

Chris added: 'Hopefully if we get some momentum going we can reach the Top Ten, maybe even hit No.1. The more people who download Driving Home For Christmas, the more people Shelter can help. Go on – make a difference this Christmas!'

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