Singer busks from Edward Colston plinth

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A well known musician and fundraiser has climbed onto Bristol’s Colston plinth for an impromptu busking session – to promote his latest charity single.

Darren Daz Sims climbed up onto the plinth in the city centre tonight (December 9) to perform his latest charity single ‘Put The Fairy on the Tree’.

Daz has raised more than £800,000 for charitable causes over the past 10 years.

In his latest challenge the medical supplies driver is helping to raise £25,000 to help four-year-old Oscar Cridge from Longwell Green achieve his dream of being able to walk again.

Oscar has cerebral palsy and needs Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) surgery to help him walk and alleviate the daily pain he faces.

The single, titled Put The Fairy on The Tree , is based on Darren’s real life Christmas family memories in Hull.

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The lyrics were written by Darren’s daughter Scarlett when she was only nine-years-old.

It is only now, 12 years later, that Darren has completed the song and written the music to go along with the lyrics to help Oscar.

“One of the lines in the song is ‘Nannie’s drinking bubble bath’ which was derived from one Christmas when my mum, Scarlett’s nanny, didn’t realise she was drinking bubble bath from one of the toy Champagne bottles,” added Darren.

“That made us all laugh and we thought it would make a fantastic lyric to use in a Christmas song.

“The timing seems perfect now to release this single for a really good cause to help this amazing brave young lad Oscar walk unaided for the first time in his life.”

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The song is currently number two in the Amazon download chart, beating off competition from the likes of The Weekend, Shaking Stevens and Wham.

The toppling of the statue of Edward Colston in the centre of Bristol on June 7, 2020 after a Black Lives matter demonstration was seen around the world .

Colston’s statue has since been retrieved from the bottom of Bristol Harbour and is being restored ahead of proposed plans to put it in a museum.

The remaining plinth has since seen a number of uses.

As well as being used as a location for a statue of Darth Vadar in tribute to actor David Prowse, it has also been home to a statue of Black Lives Matter activist Jen Reid and a small model of the Bearpit bear.

It is the first time since the statue was pulled down that the remaining plinth has been used as a stage for a live performance.

Daz said: ”I picked this location to busk my Christmas Charity single as it has become symbolic with raising awareness of very important issues and helping a young Bristol lad get his operation to walk unaided certainly is an important one.

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Darren Sims, aka DAZ, hopes to raise £25,000 so Oscar Cridge can have life-changing surgery
(Image: Darren Sims)

“I do not support Edward Colston’s association with slavery in any way but the statue plinth can now be used for promoting very positive causes and messages.”

The fundraising total now stands at £18, 323.

Oscar’s dad Shaun said: “I want to say a massive thanks to Daz and to everyone who has downloaded the song to help my son have the best start to life he could wish for.

“I am humbled and so touched by everyone’s support.”

People can download the song at https://music.apple.com/gb/album/put-the-fairy-on-the-tree-single/1541315993 or https://www.amazon.co.uk/Put-Fairy-Tree/dp/B08NZV4JN6

To make a donation to the fundraising appeal visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/dazsrock4oscar.

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