A supergroup of Brighton celebrities have released a Christmas single and music video, raising cash for a local befriending charity (scroll down to listen).
The video for ‘Jingle Bell Brighton Rocks’ stars Brighton’s oldest ravers Disco Pete and Dancing Ann, alongside Big Brother winner Pete Bennet, Gogglebox’s Stephen Webb and Chris Steed, and former Brighton and Hove Albion footballer Guy Butters.
All proceeds will be donated to Time To Talk Befriending, a Brighton based charity dedicated to combating loneliness and social isolation amongst the elderly.
Star of the track, Sussex-born Pete Turner, 80, has been raving at Brighton clubs and festivals since the 60s, building cult following over the years.
Elderly talent, Ann Tunstall, also features in the song. She became a YouTube sensation after being filmed grooving to a street busker’s version of ‘Let’s Twist Again’ on Brighton’s North Street earlier this year.
As well as raising money, it is hoped that the single will encourage people to befriend their older neighbours this Christmas. In Brighton and Hove alone there are around 7,000 elderly people who live without family or friends to visit them, often left feeling invisible, forgotten and lonely.
Time To Talk Befriending trains volunteers and matches them with like-minded companions aged over 65. Speaking to thelatest.co.uk, Charity founder, Emily Kenward, says: “We meet amazing older people every day who have a rich life history to share and we witness first hand how befriending can literally transform lives.”
Jingle Bell Brighton Rocks was recorded at Park Studios in Brighton and supported by local radio station Juice FM.
Organiser Sophie says: “We feel blessed to have met Pete and Ann and are delighted to share this Christmas song with them. It’s heart breaking to think how many undiscovered Disco Petes and Dancing Anns are hidden behind closed doors, with mobility issues meaning they have less opportunity to meet new people. We want this song to remind people that even the smallest gesture of human contact can lift a lonely person’s spirit.”
You can find out more about time to talk here.