A BROTHER and sister sang their hearts out to thank NHS heroes and key workers.

Tom Deakin, 14, and Lucy, 16, from Winsford joined hundreds of children from all over the UK to perform the classic You Raise Me Up.

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Tom Deakin said he feels proud to thank all key workers who have been amazing throughout the pandemic

The pair, who attend St Nicholas Catholic High School in Hartford, spotted the appeal to join 1000 voices on Facebook.

The uplifting single aims to raise £2,000 for NHS charities and the NSPCC.

Mum Beth said: "They had to put headphones on and record their voices in their own bedrooms.

"It's been hard not seeing their friends so it was really nice to be part of a bigger group and feel that they belong.

Lucy Deakin joined a childrens choir to thank key workers

Lucy Deakin joined a children's choir to thank key workers

Lucy Deakin joined a children's choir to thank key workers

"The NHS is very close to our hearts as their dad is a doctor and we are very proud of him and all other key workers."

Dad Mark is a paediatrician, specialising in diabetes, at Alder Hey Children's Hospital and has worked throughout the pandemic.

"We were not allowed to hear them sing," said Beth. "They sent it off themselves. It was really emotional hearing it afterwards. It's quite a big thing to have the confidence to stand up to the plate and do this."

Brendan O'Neill, who runs Midland Music Services Ltd and provides music education all over the country, organised the project.

The 41-year-old said: "We wanted to do something to thank those amazing men and women literally keeping out country running.

"Every key worker needs thanking for keeping us safe, warm and fed during these recently turbulent times.

"We came up with the idea of setting up a virtual choir for children aged six to 16 to sing the well-known hit You Raise Me Up. The video is signed by children with Down syndrome.

Our aim was to thank all of incredible key workers with a song dedicated to them while raising money for the NHS and NSPCC

"It is a beautiful song. It has been an incredible team effort. The response has been superb."

So far the single has raised £600.

Lucy and Tom said: "We are so pleased to have been involved with this project. To be able to say thank you to all our key workers and pay tribute to everyone who has done so much for us is a great thing to do."

The pair both belong to Vale Royal Juniors drama group, play tennis and enjoy outdoor sports.

The song can be downloaded on Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon with all profits going to the charities.

To donate visit crowdfunder.co.uk/1000youngvoices