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Stephen's charity song set to chart

A charity single inspired by teenage cancer victim Stephen Sutton looks set to storm the charts this weekend.

Hope Ain't A Bad Thing by The Neon Brotherhood has sold thousands of copies in less than 48 hours since it was released, according to midweek sales figures from the Official Charts Company.

The charity single sits at number five in the charts at the moment just behind Secondcity's I Wanna Feel and Waves by Mr Probz.

Stephen, 19, raised millions of pounds for Teenage Cancer Trust before his death on May 14 after a determined fight against the disease.

Tom Drover from Neon Sound Studios, who played guitar on the track, said: " The idea was hatched when Stephen posted his thumbs up picture. We all decided to come together to do something for Ste, one of the things on his bucket list was to have a charity single."

All the profits from the song will go to the Teenage Cancer Trust, whose music relations manager Angie Jenkinson described it as "another testament to his amazing spirit".

She said: "Music was a big part of Stephen's life and is at the heart of Teenage Cancer Trust. A huge thank you to everyone who has bought the single. Stephen's legacy is making an enormous difference to the quality of life of other young people with cancer in this country."

Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran could end up with his first UK number one this weekend after his track, Sing, topped the midweek sales chart.

Official Charts Company chief executive Martin Talbot said: " The way the British public has got behind Hope Ain't a Bad Thing further emphasises what a massive inspiration Stephen was. With Ed Sheeran well ahead at the top of the chart, this is an incredibly competitive week - but any kind of top-five hit would be an incredible tribute to an incredible young man."

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