Students from six Academy schools in the Midlands and Buckinghamshire have joined forces to release a new charity single cover of ‘Together’, to raise awareness of NHS Charities Together and to boost their mental health.

The students’ collective rendition of ‘Together’, originally performed by Christian pop duo For King & Country, with Tori Kelly and Kirk Franklin, pays tribute to all those who have suffered bereavement, loss, and rising levels of anxiety during lockdown. The charity single and music video involved 30 students from Grace Academies in Coventry, Solihull and Darlaston, Lord Grey Academy, Rushden Academy, and Elizabeth Woodville North and South, who combined their musical talents to spread a message of hope to others.

Launched at a time when public singing is prohibited and students’ mental health and resilience have been put to the test, the Song Project was organised by Grace Foundation’s Ethos Teams, funded by IM Group, that work within specific Tove Learning Trust (TLT) Academies.

Student Harvey Dean from Grace Academy Solihull said that taking part in the Song Project was a really positive experience, adding: “It gave us something uplifting to do in what have been quite a tough time. The song is pretty inspiring, especially for people who have been through a difficult time in the pandemic. It feels good to be part of something that will help to spread hope to people who have suffered in this time.”

Commenting on the Project, Dave Boden, Ethos Team Leader, Grace Foundation, said: “Our Ethos Teams have been helping to support students who have suffered loss and bereavement, rising anxiety levels and poor mental health during lockdown.

“The Song Project has been an amazing opportunity to encourage students to join together as a collective and do something they love, while supporting and spreading hope to others at the same time. We want to use the song as a platform to raise the profile of NHS Charities Together, something very relevant to families everywhere, and as a big thank you for all the hard work Frontline NHS Staff have done during this period and beyond.

Ellie Orton, CEO of NHS Charities Together, says: “Thank you, Grace Foundation for creating the wonderful song ‘Together’. It’s fantastic to see students come together to celebrate the resilience they’ve shown over the past year and use the opportunity to thank, and raise funds for, NHS Charities Together. The money raised will help us to continue to go the extra mile in supporting our NHS workers, volunteers and patients at the centre of this crisis and beyond.”