Military Wives raise over £500,000 from Christmas No 1

Tuesday February 7, 2012

The Military Wives are still "pinching themselves" after their Christmas number one single raised more than half a million pounds for charity.

Their song Wherever You Are, was the fastest-selling charity single since Elton John's Candle In The Wind in 1997, the Official Charts Company confirmed.

The choir and their director Gareth Malone have presented a cheque for £503,985 to The Royal British Legion and other veterans' charities.

Gareth said: "It's astonishing that something we recorded in a few hours has taken off like this.

"Nothing I have ever done comes close to this. It's all a bit of a dream. I'm pinching myself."

The choir also announced they will release an album in time for Mother's Day, featuring the single, as well as covers of Adele and U2 songs.

It will raise money for the Military Wives Choir Foundation to help set up other choirs on military bases.

Photo: © Rex

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