RSPCA launch charity single ‘Stars’ to mark the start of Christmas countdown

The RSPCA has thrown its hat into the ring for the Christmas number one, as up and coming Sussex singer, Lucy Ellie, covers the Simply Red hit song – Stars – in aid of the animal welfare charity.

The song is the soundtrack to the charity’s Kindness at Christmas video that has gone viral with over 2 million views.

The tear-jerking tale tells the story of Woody the Christmas toy pup who is thrown out with the rubbish before being rescued and taken in for care by the RSPCA.

Proceeds from the single are being donated to the RSPCA to help in their work rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming thousands of animals every year. The charity is expecting to take in around 19,000 animals this winter.

Lucy Ellie Cooper, who is from Haywards Heath and who works at the charity, said: “This was a lovely opportunity for me to combine my two loves – animals and music. Outside of my job at the RSPCA I am a country music singer and songwriter, so when the chance came up to record such a fantastic and well-known song for the charity’s Christmas video, I jumped at it. I really hope people will take Woody’s story into their hearts and support the RSPCA this winter.”

The RSPCA is braced for nearly 2,000 calls a day, this festive season, as it launches its Kindness at Christmas Appeal to help care for abused, neglected and sick animals.

During December last year and January (2017), 13,265 incidents were reported to the RSPCA in the South East, including 1,1192 in West Sussex and 1,305 in East Sussex.

New figures from the animal welfare charity show that during the same period (Dec 2016/Jan 2017), the charity received 118,799 calls nationwide – 1,916 calls a day. (79.8 calls an hour, 1.3 calls a minute.)

To help the RSPCA to continue rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals in desperate need of care, and to support the charity’s ‘kindness’ campaign, please visit

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