A group of Sir Cliff supporters hatch an ingenious plan to mark the singer’s 60 years in showbiz. The plan goes better than expected and Tearfund benefits to the tune of a few grand.
There are fans and there are Sir Cliff fans...
When Carol Sangwell, President of the Cliff Richard Fan Club for London and Surrey, thought about how they could mark Sir Cliff’s 60th anniversary in music – she wanted him to know what he and his music means to his fans.
‘A lady called Suzanne Fritsch came up with the idea of doing a song for Cliff. I decided to ask the Facebook fans if they liked the idea and they did.’
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The idea was to crowdfund a song in his honour, based on written contributions by his fans. She enlisted the help of fellow Cliff fan Steve Carroll, a rock ‘n’ roll singer from Cheshire.
They put the proposition to fans on Facebook: ‘Make a donation to fund the song, and send us two lines about Sir Cliff and what he means to you.’
‘This project is unique,’ enthuses Steve. ‘No other set of fans has ever done something like this.’
It was a steep learning curve for both of them, but they persevered. ‘Every hurdle we hit, we’ve been able to overcome,’ says Carol. ‘Someone’s looking down on us!’
They gave themselves from January until August to raise the £4,000 needed to fund the writing and recording of the song. That target was smashed in just ten days. Surplus funds raised were designated for Tearfund. On the day of release, the amount to a whopping £7,070, with CD and digital download sales to follow.