11-year-old Fynnjan hopes to top the Christmas charts with 'The Spirit of Christmas'.
11-year-old Fynnjan Leach-Verhoeven, who has Asperger syndrome, is hoping to reach Christmas number one this weekend with his single ‘The Spirit of Christmas’. He wrote the song himself and is donating the proceeds to the NAS and Nordoff Robbins to help other people affected by autism.
The single has already piqued the interest of the nation with interview slots on BBC Radio 4, ITV1’s Daybreak and Channel 5 and it currently sits at number 79 in the charts. Although Fynnjan is competing against the likes of X Factor's Sam Bailey and Leona Lewis for the top spot, success would make him the youngest ever writer/performer to top the charts.
Fynnjan is grateful for the support he received at his former school, Seer Green CE Primary, and will donate the proceeds from his single to help other people affected by autism to access appropriate support.
Speaking to Channel 5 News last month, Fynnjan said: “Not everyone has help at their school. I got a lot of help which helped get me on track to have a successful life. I wouldn’t have been able to do this single without help.”
Fynnjan’s mum, Su Verhoeven, said:
Fynnjan's such a sweet boy. He's always smiling and trying to do the right thing. When we first asked him about doing a single, he said he'd only do it if the money raised could help people with Asperger syndrome, like him. That just sums him up really, he's one of a kind.
Dave Boorman, Head of Supporter Fundraising at the NAS said:
Fynnjan’s compassion and determination to use his musical skills to improve the lives of others is truly inspirational. He’s written a remarkable song and we’re humbled that he’s chosen to donate part of his proceeds to us. As a charity, the NAS relies on donations to continue to provide the support that people affected by autism need and so projects like this are absolutely vital."
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