The pandemic has made life harder for everyone; in particular, those in key worker roles, including those in on-site security.
This summer therefore, Securitas UK decided to generate some fun and entertainment by running an in-house “Securitas Has Got Talent” competition. “We were amazed by the response – there were so many wonderful entries,” says Shaun Kennedy, Country President, Securitas UK. Having seen and heard the calibre of the musicians and vocalists in the competition, Kennedy then had the idea of harnessing their talent for a good cause.
“Homelessness and hunger affects people from all walks of life,” he says “and at Christmas the impact is even more acute. The Kokni Muslim Association Birmingham (KMAB) is one of several local charities we work with, and members of our finance team spend many hours volunteering with the charity to help provide hot meals to those in need.
“We thought a charity single that brought attention to hunger and homelessness and helped raise funds to alleviate these problems would be very worthwhile.”
Securitas commissioned a songwriter to write an inspirational and uplifting track and work with the ten-strong Securitas amateur ensemble to produce a professional result. The talented group, who included a pianist, two drummers, two rappers and several vocalists, spent many hours over several weeks rehearsing in preparation for the studio recording session. The result is Ascending (also known as the Securitas Song for the Homeless).
“I hope you enjoy listening to Ascending as much as our colleagues enjoyed creating it,” adds Kennedy, “I also hope that the song’s powerful message will encourage people to donate to our JustGiving page, through which we’re aiming to raise £12,000 to continue to help provide food and shelter to individuals and families who need this support more than ever during the festive season. Thank you for any contribution you’re able to make.”
YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6VWzTTZGX0
JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/securitassongforthehomeless