Songs have the power to bring awareness to causes very quickly. With that in mind, Caitlin Moran, her husband Peter Paphides, Benedict Cumberbatch and director Mat Whitecross have come together to produce a song to raise money for the refugee crisis.
It's a re-release of The Crowded House single, Help Is Coming, which was written 15 years ago about Europeans who arrived on ships to America, seeking a better life for their families.
The video is fronted by Cumberbatch who reads a poem called Home by Warsan Shire, starting with the sentence: “No one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark…You have to understand no one puts children in a boat unless the water is safer than the land.”
“As people watching this tragedy unfold from the safety of our homes, with our safe children, we want to say that we see you, we hear you and help is coming,” he says.
At least 61p from each sale of the single, which was put together in eight days, will be donated to Save the Children UK.
“Last Thursday my husband Pete and I were watching the news in floods of tears, as everyone else did I’m sure,” Moran said at a literary event on Monday. “And we decided that we had to do something. So we decided to release a single in a week.”
“I haven’t slept for four days which is why I’m drinking wine simply for energy. It’s been informative. We’re like a little Paula Yates and Bob Geldof at the moment.”
She unveiled the single yesterday evening on Newsnight and this morning on Twitter. Download it on iTunes and watch it here, below.