Officials from East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices spoke of their delight after it emerged that the charity will benefit from the sale of the X Factor winner’s first single.

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Syco, the company run by Simon Cowell and Sony Music, has pledged to donate 100pc of the profits from the sale of every CD and download of James Arthur’s song “Impossible” to Together for Short Lives, a national charity which supports 50 children’s hospices, including EACH.

The charity, which supports and cares for children with life-threatening conditions and their families, has also been boosted by the news that the government will waive VAT on sales of the X Factor winner’s charity single by making an exceptional one-off charitable donation to Together for Short Lives.

EACH has three hospices in the region in Quidenham, near Attleborough, Ipswich, and Milton in Cambridgeshire and needs to raise £5.75 million from public donations every year to deliver its services in the region.

Melanie Chew, director of fundraising at EACH, said she was “delighted” by the X Factor support for the charity.

“A share of the proceeds from James Arthur’s winner’s single will come to EACH to help us support the children and families we work with. Your purchase will help us continue our services which are a lifeline to them. It will really help to raise awareness of the needs of children and families we support, and important funding to allow us to do even more to help them,” she said.

It is the first time the X Factor’s winner’s single will be in aid of a charity

James Arthur’s first song has already reached the top of the iTunes chart. The 24-year-old said: “I love the song and am so glad that proceeds of the single will be going to such a great cause.”

Barbara Gelb, CEO of Together for Short Lives, added: “James Arthur’s single is fantastic and with such a talent behind it, we couldn’t have asked for a better boost for singles sales. We are also delighted that the Chancellor of the Exchequer agreed to our request for a VAT waiver. The generous waiver will mean a further 20pc on top of sales. Every single bought will make a difference, and will help us continue our work to support all those who love and care for children with life-limiting conditions and their families. Our heartfelt thanks to all involved.”

For more information, visit www.each.org.uk

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