Dewsbury Moor songwriter helps to pen Paralympics anthem Light the Flame

RAISING FUNDS: Katy Haymer, who has co-written Light The Flame to support charity Kids Get Going, and Paralympian David Weir MBE.
RAISING FUNDS: Katy Haymer, who has co-written Light The Flame to support charity Kids Get Going, and Paralympian David Weir MBE.

A SONGWRITER has helped pen an anthem for the Paralympics to help raise money for a sports charity.

Katy Haymer co-wrote Light The Flame in aid of Kids Get Going, a charity which helps disabled young people to participate in sport.

The song is already racking up hits on the internet and will soon be available to download.

It is hoped that it will help to raise awareness of the work that Kids Get Going does, as well as raise money for the charity.

“The kids that the Kids Get Going supports are doing amazing things against all odds,” Miss Haymer, 39, said.

“That’s why I felt quite keen to help them out.”

Miss Haymer, of Barley Croft, Dewsbury Moor, got involved with Kids Get Going when author Judith Kelly invited her to help with writing a song for the Paralympics in aid of the organisation.

The pair also worked with Anita Gatehouse when they started composing the track in Shepperton, London.

They started writing in March and the song was finished within a few weeks.

A video for the track was recorded with the Elmbridge Choir at BSkyB’s studios in Isleworth, London.

That video can now be watched online while the finishing touches are being put to a version of the track that will available to buy soon.

“The song is absolutely fantastic,” Miss Haymer said.

“The main thing is to get the song out and get the money in.”

While working with Kids Get Going, Miss Haymer visited a centre of excellence which is being set up for young disabled athletes in London.

She hopes Light The Flame will help to promote the charity. “A lot of disabled kids don’t even know it exists down there,” she said.

“We want to raise awareness and get more people involved.

Watch the video at youtu.be/Dz-iJhUzZI0.