Two teachers who have recorded an England World Cup anthem will release a single to raise money in memory of a teacher stabbed to death at school.
Robin Parmiter and Ian Wilson of Huntington School in York will donate proceeds from their song Bring it Home to the Ann Maguire Educational Fund, set up after the teacher was stabbed to death in Leeds in April. Money will also go to the Bobby Moore Foundation, which funds research into bowel cancer.
The duo, who recorded the song under the name Disco Mister, want their song to challenge the negativity surrounding England’s chances at the forthcoming World Cup in Rio.
Speaking to TES, the pair said they wanted to see the song enter the top 40 in the charts, in a bid to raise as much money as possible for the two charities.
“We would love people to start buying it this week, just as the World Cup starts gearing up and maybe by Sunday it will be on the radio,” Wilson said.
“It’s only 79p and it is for two really good sources, so we hope people will just get behind it and get it as far up the charts as possible,” Parmiter added.
Their video has been viewed nearly 70,000 times on YouTube in less than a month and the pair hope it will make the top 40 of the charts when it is released on Monday 9 June.
The song is facing stiff competition, however, as comedian Omid Djalili has released his own attempt at a World Cup song, and has rolled out many of his celebrity friends to star in the video, such as David Baddiel, who had a chart-topping hit with Frank Skinner and the Lightning Seeds with Three Lions (Football's Coming Home).
But celebrities have already shown their support for Disco Mister’s anthem, with Jack Whitehall, Miranda Hart and Clare Balding all tweeting their support.
Bring it Home even had its first airing on national radio on Wednesday when Radio 1 played it on Scott Mills’ daily lunchtime show.