Chart hopes for school's song

A SONG produced by Scalby School in memory of student Ellie Othick-Bowmaker is being listened to across the globe.


Youngsters and staff at the school are set to release their rendition of Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's Somewhere over the Rainbow and What a Wonderful World as a tribute to Ellie, who lost her battle with cancer earlier this year.

It is hoped the song, which is being released next Monday, will make it in to the UK's official charts.

The video to accompany the song was posted on YouTube on Friday and has already had more than 6,700 views. It was the 98th most viewed video on the entire site.

Around 70 people have posted comments about the video, including a soldier in Afghanistan who said: "As an Australian soldier we have had a pretty tough couple of weeks.

"My soldiers are going to watch this next week. It? puts it all into perspective.

"What a wonderful little lady and such a beautiful tribute. That is an amazing school. Sleep peacefully Ellie."

Jon Morgan, Scalby School's head of performing arts, produced the song and video.

He said: "I have just been blown away by the response to the song. It is receiving views from right across the globe.

"We think it stands a great chance of getting in to the chart. If everyone in Scarborough downloads the single we could be in with chance of making it to number one.

"It would just be fantastic if we did. Great for Scarborough, for Scalby School, and more importantly for Ellie's charity.

"We had a lot of fun doing the video and it was great to see students and staff come together to make it.

"The main reason behind recording the song though was to raise funds and awareness of brain tumour charities and Ellie's Fund.

"We just need everyone to really get behind it now."

A Facebook group has also been set up to help promote the song, and has attracted nearly 900 members.

The song will be available to download for 79p from Amazon and itunes on Monday, with 52p from every sale going direct to Ellie's Fund.

Ellie was just 14 years old when she lost her ?ght with cancer and passed away at Martin House Children's Hospice in Boston Spa, Wetherby.

After being diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2007 she was given just 12 months to live, but battled against the disease and helped to raise nearly 25,000 for charity during the last three years.

In December last year she made 2,000 for the Ali's Dream charity, which provides funding for brain tumour research, after releasing a CD on which she performs Butter?y Wings, which was written for her by her uncle Glenn Coggin.

Her mum, Heather, has now set up Ellie's Fund, which comes under the umbrella of Ali's Dream and has already collected over 2,000 in donations.

Mrs Othick said: "What they have done at the school is amazing. It sends shivers down my spine every time I listen to it.

"The fact they wanted to do it to raise brain tumour awareness has left me lost for words. It is the most underfunded of all the cancer charities and hopefully this will help to change that.

"It is thrilling to think the song could make it in to the charts, and very heart warming to read the tributes people have left.

"I have been warning everyone who watches it to have a box of tissues with them. It is a fantastic tribute to a fantastic girl."

A link to the video can be found at