A singing schoolboy is spreading Christmas cheer throughout the High Peak by releasing a festive single in aid of a Glossop charity.
Budding popstar Liam Giddins, 11, penned his Yuletide song Ho Ho Ho, which he is selling online for the Winnie Mabaso Foundation, when he was just nine years old.
The young singer-songwriter, who has been playing the guitar since he was seven, recorded the hit in his parents’ friend’s studio last Saturday, the day after his birthday.
Mum Nicola Chaplin, who provides backing vocals on the track, said: “We were all discussing music together one day and Liam told us he wanted to write a song. We didn’t really take him seriously but then he came back and sung us this.”
“I was sat there absolutely gobsmacked,” she laughed. “I thought it would be really childlike. I said: ‘How long did that take you?’ He said: ‘About a week.’
“I was astonished. It’s like a proper Christmas song. For the rest of the day I was singing Ho Ho Ho.”
“He kept saying: ‘When can we go and record it?’ So we promised him, we’d do it this year. He asked if we could sell it and give the money to charity and I said: ‘It’s up to you’ and listed a few and explained what they all did.”
Liam, of Bury, chose to help orphans in South Africa via Glossopdale’s Winnie Mabaso Foundation, based on North Road.
Founder and CEO Lisa Ashton said: “We’re absolutely thrilled with it. It’s such a kind thing for him to do, to think of children less fortunate than him. I think it’s brilliant; I’ve been humming along all day.”
The money raised will help buy climbing equipment for the garden of an orphanage in the Ennerdale township.
Ho Ho Ho, which is about Christmas coming to town, is available to download at liamgiddins.bandcamp.com for £1.