Talented Dinnington youngster pens stirring song dedicated to the NHS

A talented 12-year-old girl from Dinnington has written and recorded a stirring song dedicated to NHS workers fighting coronavirus.

By Ben McVay
Tuesday, 7th April 2020, 6:27 pm
Updated Wednesday, 8th April 2020, 4:56 pm

Faith Kiera Birnie’s tribute to health workers is sung to the music from her favourite song - Rise up by Andra Day.

She and adoring mum Alex Smith penned the lyrics together - changing the Rise Up singer’s words to salute the NHS.

Though Faith admits she has not come up with a title yet, she was thinking of calling the song Bring Back Those Happy Days.

Faith with mum Alex Smith

Amazingly, proud mum Alex told how the performance had attracted a whopping 970,000 views since they first posted it on Facebook two weeks ago.

Faith, who has loved singing since she was a toddler, told how she was inspired to write the song after hearing people taking part in the 8pm clap.

Speaking about the touching performance she added: “I was a bit nervous and awkward to start off but managed to relax a bit as we went along”.

Faith’s mum Alex, 27, said: “I'm just overwhelmed and shocked that it’s gone so far - we’ve had people from all over the world putting comments on it. We’re reading as many as we can.

Faith performs at an open mic

“I’m extremely proud but she makes me laugh because she doesn’t quite grasp how massive it is - she’s always in her own little world anyway.

“The song had 500,000 views the first night we posted it - the next day I came downstairs and she was just painting her nails as if nothing had happened at all.”

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Faith, who is a member of Dinnington Operatic Society and has been entering talent contests for the last two years, used a PA system with music from YouTube to perform the tearful tribute.

Faith on her prom night

Full-time mum Alex told how the youngter was ‘terribly bored’ during Covid-19 lockdown but she was now working on more songs for her Facebook page.

Speaking about her experience of lockdown Faith said: “I think it (coronavirus) will go away as long as people stay in and the NHS are doing whatever they can to fight it - I just really appreciate that.

“But I am missing my friends.”

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