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  • HRH Princess Eugenie, Noel Gallagher, Ozzy Osbourne, John Taylor (Duran Duran), Paul Simonon, Royal Blood and more reveal the songs of their childhood in exclusive YouTube interviews for the ‘End the Silence’ campaign in aid of Hope and Homes for Children.

  • endthesilence.com will create world’s largest online childhood musical memory collection and raise £1.5m for children deprived of love, family and music in shocking overseas orphanages.

  • 80 per cent of the eight million children confined to orphanages are not orphans – most have parents, but are given up due to poverty, disabilities or discrimination.

  • Donations to End the Silence campaign will be doubled by the UK Government’s UKAid Match scheme – helping 120,000 children leave African orphanages for families.


EXCLUSIVE interviews for the End the Silence charity campaign have revealed that Noel Gallagher’s first record was Slade’s ‘Come on Feel The Noise’ while HRH Princess Eugenie’s fondest childhood musical memory is of her mother singing ‘Daydream Believer’ on royal family car journeys.

Real life royalty and rock royalty are sharing their most precious childhood songs on YouTube today for the End the Silence campaign by Hope and Homes for Children.

The aim is to raise awareness and funds for eight million children locked away in orphanages without love, family and music.

“I would have been six or seven years old sitting watching Top of the Pops. It was a major thing in British culture, a Thursday night, you get paid on the Friday, you buy the seven inch to dance to on the Saturday, it’s perfect…reminds me of where Oasis got their sound from, pretty much.” recalls Noel, in his exclusive End the Silence interview on YouTube.

Rock legend, Ozzy Osbourne chose The Beatles’ ‘She Loves You’ and says: “That song changed my life…had such an impact on me…/…when that song came on, I knew from then on what I wanted to do with my life.”

HRH Princess Eugenie, who has also signed up to the campaign, chose The Monkees ‘Daydream Believer’ as the track of her childhood.

The 27-year-old royal said: “Growing up I used to get really car sick. I always remember coming to the last moment of getting there, and I’d be like ‘how long until we get there?’. Everyone in the car would be like ‘it’s just around the corner’, and then I’d get really sick and they’d turn this on and say ‘cheer up sleepy Jean’. My mum sang it, my friends sang it, everyone.”

Ozzy Osbourne, Noel Gallagher, Royal Blood, Duran Duran, Bastille, Anne-Marie, Hozier, Jonas Blue, Rudimental, Paul Simonon, Damon Albarn and The Script are among the other big names who have filmed exclusive interviews on YouTube sharing the songs of their childhood. All videos are available to watch today on each artist’s YouTube channel and on www.endthesilence.com.

These incredible names join Elton John, Ed Sheeran, Paul Weller, Emeli Sande, Paloma Faith, KT Tunstall, Sigrid, Wolf Alice, Huey Morgan and Kasabian, who have already released videos as part of End the Silence.

The campaign aims to create the world’s largest online musical memory time capsule before Christmas, while raising £1.5m in donations.

This will help Hope and Homes for Children find families for 120,000 children suffering silence and neglect in Ugandan and Rwandan orphanages.

Every pound donated before 27th December will be doubled by the UK Government.

Today, Hope and Homes for Children invites the world to help End the Silence by sharing your musical memory and nominating up to three of your friends or family to do the same – go to www.endthesilence.com or follow the hashtag #EndTheSilence to join in.

About Hope and Homes for Children:

  • An estimated eight million children live in orphanages worldwide.

  • Orphanages are unnecessary, because 80 per cent of children confined to them are not orphans – most have living parents, but have been abandoned because of poverty, disabilities or discrimination

  • 100 years of scientific research shows how children in orphanages are exposed to greater levels of neglect, abuse and even trafficking

  • In some orphanages, mortality rates can even be as high as 80 per cent

  • Even when a child leaves an orphanage, they are 10 times more likely to enter  prostitution and 40 times more likely to get a criminal record

  • It can be 10 times more cost effective to support struggling parents with social  services than to fund orphanages

  • Hope and Homes for Children demonstrates to governments how to close orphanages by preventing child abandonment, developing family support services and establishing foster and adoption care networks

  • Hope and Homes for Children works directly in eight countries, and supports like minded partner organisations in another 20

  • We believe it really is possible to achieve the global eradication of orphanages

  • To help transform a child’s life visit www.hopeandhomes.org

About End The Silence

  • Hope and Homes for Children’s End the Silence campaign is asking everyone to share the most precious musical memories from their childhood

  • By joining the world’s leading music talent in adding your musical memory, you will be helping to end the silence for the eight million children confined to orphanages around the world

  • Every pound you donate to the End the Silence campaign before 27th December will be matched by the UK Government

  • This means that together, we can reach over 120,000 children across Rwanda and Uganda who are currently confined to orphanages or at risk of being separated from their families and placed in institutions

  • End the Silence is supported by the UK Government, YouTube, Google and Fullwell73

  • To ensure no child suffers silently in an orphanage, share your most precious
    childhood musical memory at endthesilence.com, or look  out for #endthesilence and #Ukaid on Twitter

  • Together we can End the Silence

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