KT Tunstall has released a charity single in support of Edinburgh neonatal unit Simpsons Special Care Babies.

The St Andrews-raised singer has recorded a version of the song ‘Teddy Bears’ Picnic’ with proceeds going to SSCB after the unit’s annual picnic fundraiser was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Simpsons recently launched ‘Sing a Song for Simpsons‘, which encourages children and their families to sing a song and share it with friends and family or via social media in return for donations to the appeal.

SSCB is the official charity that supports the neonatal unit at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, their campaign aiming to raise £300,000 to improve the facilities that enable families to stay close to their babies when being cared for there.

The song, popular with children, is perhaps best known as the original version Henry Hall recorded with his BBC Orchestra in 1932, shortly after Irish songwriter Jimmy Kennedy put lyrics to a tune written by American composer John Walter Bratton in 1932.

The singer said of the charity campaign: “I was delighted to take part in Sing a Song for Simpsons. It’s a fantastic way to get children singing, spread the joy of music and raise money for a fantastic cause. I hope it will encourage other families to join in.”

More at www.sscb.org/sing-a-song-for-simpsons.