Elton John charity cover tops Irish singles chart

Over 300 Irish musicians came together to raise money for Lily Mae Morisson, a 4-year-old with cancer

Elton John charity cover tops Irish singles chart
30 November 2012

A charity cover of gay pop legend Elton John’s 1971 classic ‘Tiny Dancer’ has topped the Irish singles chart.

Recorded and released by over 300 musicians, the charity single is to raise money for a 4-year-old girl.

Lily-Mae Morrison suffers from neuroblastoma, a rare and aggressive childhood cancer of the nervous system.

Affecting around one in 100,000 children, the disease spread to the little girl’s bone marrow which meant she has about 30-40% chance of survival.

Morrison is currently recovering in hospital after undergoing surgery to remove seven tumours from around her kidney.

Even after treatment the cancer returns in 70 per cent of cases, when it is generally untreatable.

Her mother Judith has said the support has been amazing, adding: ‘It’s just insane, since Elton John asked people to buy it, it has been phenomenal.’

On the video, she said: ‘I just could not believe the number and calibre of stars that came to record the song. It was pretty emotional.

‘We brought Lily in at the end to meet everyone, she knew the song was about her, that she was the tiny dancer — and she was so happy.’

The Sunni-Mae Trust was launched to raise funds for Lily-Mae’s treatment in July — and has already raised €80,000 to date.

‘Tiny Dancer’ has beat out hits by Rihanna, One Direction and Olly Murs.

Check out the official video here:

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