Sunderland uncle records charity single for ill niece

Saffron Harvey from Town End Farm
Saffron Harvey from Town End Farm
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A CARING uncle is hoping to prove a hit after recording a charity single to support his poorly teenage niece.

Chris Scougal’s niece Saffron Harvey, of Town End Farm, was born with chronic liver disease, and at just three weeks old, she had to have part of her liver, bowel and gallbladder removed after doctors discovered a large cyst.

Saffron was the inspiration for setting up Team Saffron UK to help the Birmingham-based Children’s Liver Disease Foundation.

Although Hylton Red House Academy pupil Saffron, now 13, will one day require a full liver transplant, she is still able to help out with fund-raising.

Now, rising Scottish stage star Chris has laid down a cover of the Deacon Blue hit Dignity, a No 31 in 1988 and a No 20 when reissued in 1994, after receiving permission from the band.

“Ricky Ross and the band have been great,” said Chris, a former Farringdon Community Sports College pupil.

“We did the Great North Run last year for the appeal, but we are doing this as a fresh approach to fund-raising.”

Chris’s sister Leanne – mum to Saffron and also Mason, nine, and Evie, three – said: “We’ve done loads of different little fund-raisers, but this is something much bigger, and it’s brilliant that the band have agreed to let Chris record it.”

The single is available now on iTunes. All proceeds will go to the foundation.