Youngest Scot with MND joins charity choir project
Initiative launched by team behind the Missing People Choir from Britain's Got Talent.
A choir of Scots affected by Motor Neurone Disease has been formed by the team behind the Missing People Choir from Britain's Got Talent.
Lucy Lintott, 23, the youngest person in Scotland with the condition, will join the MND Scotland choir as they record the song Clouds by Zach Soiech.
Zach wrote the song when he was just 17 years old after he was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer and told he only had months to live.
The choir will feature on Stand Together, a charity concept album that will bring together 1600 singers and 12 Choirs With Purpose.
This includes including the powerful Missing People Choir who became an internet sensation after reaching the finals of Britain's Got Talent this year.
The chart topping NHS Choir, who landed the Christmas Number 1 in 2015, and the Parrs Wood High School Choir, who performed with Ariana Grande at the One Love Manchester Concert, are also part of the inspirational project.
Sir Paul McCartney has given the album his backing and has waived all royalties on the re-release of his classic We All Stand Together as the main single from the album, in aid of the charities involved.
Lucy, from Garmouth in Moray, was diagnosed with MND at the age of 19 when her left hand began to shake uncontrollably.
Looking ahead to the project, she said: "This is really exciting and I can't wait to work on it with the James Hawkins team and MND Scotland.
"I'm tone deaf but am up for giving it a go."
'Every time I hear the song Clouds I can't help but smile because to me it's the soundtrack to my diagnosis. Clouds makes me feel safe, it reminds me that I'm not in this fight alone and wonderful things can come from your darkest days.'Lucy Linott
Explaining the song choice, she said: "I chose 'Clouds' by Zach Sobiech because when I was first diagnosed this song really helped me through the difficult times.
"I can relate to Zach so much and this song is one of my all-time favourites.
"I'm so happy we've chosen to sing it.
"Every time I hear the song Clouds I can't help but smile because to me it's the soundtrack to my diagnosis.
"Clouds makes me feel safe, it reminds me that I'm not in this fight alone and wonderful things can come from your darkest days."
Craig Stockton, CEO of MND Scotland, said: "This is a fantastic opportunity to raise even more awareness of Motor Neurone Disease and for people affected by this disease to join together and show unity in the face of a devastating diagnosis.
"Lucy has been inspiring people across the country so it is no surprise that the team at James Hawkins Music have also been touched by Lucy's story."
Music producer James Hawkins said: "I firmly believe that where words fail, music speaks, which is why we wanted to form a choir raise awareness of the condition and spread Lucy's message further."
Motor Neurone Disease is a rapidly progressing terminal illness, which stops signals from the brain reaching the muscles.
This may cause someone to lose the ability to walk, talk, eat, drink or breathe unaided.
There is currently no cure or effective treatment for MND and the average life expectancy from diagnosis is just 14 months.
There are over 450 people in Scotland currently living with MND and on average over 160 new cases of MND are diagnosed each year.
The album 'Stand Together' by Choirs With Purpose will be released on December 15 and is available to pre-order now via www.pledgemusic.com/choirswithpurpose