Corporal Poulson who works as a Personnel Administrator at RAF Halton, Basic Recruit Training Station has set her sights, as part of the RAF Spitfire Choir, on Number One this Christmas.
‘1914 – The Carol of Christmas’ is sung by an ensemble of military voices and soloists including the RAF Spitfire Choir (of which Claire is a member), Flight Lieutenant Matt Little, Abby Scott and twelve-year-old Canterbury Cathedral chorister and BBC Radio 2’s Young Chorister of the Year Finalist William Inscoe.
Claire has enjoyed singing from an early age, and joined her local Church Choir in the village of Cockfield aged 8 and stayed there until she was 22.
Claire joined the RAF in 1998 and has served at RAF Honington, RAF Marham and RAF Halton. She joined the RAF Spitfire Choir in 2013 and regularly travels to RAF Cranwell and RAF Northolt for choir practices.
The song was composed by Chris Eaton, (who wrote Sir Cliff Richard’s 1990 Number One Christmas hit ‘Saviour’s Day’) and Judd Field, and is raising money for the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, and ABF The Soldiers’ Charity. These charities have assisted veterans throughout the last century and continue to support both serving and former Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and their families.
Claire said: “As a member of the Armed Forces it is such an honour to be involved in this great cause and to help raise money for Service charities to help Service Personnel and their families in times of need.”
“The main reason for wanting the song to reach number one is purely so that we raise as much money as possible for charity. I hope people from my home town and all over the country will get behind the song and show their support for our servicemen and women. These charities make a difference as it’s not about the here and now, it’s about the ever after.”
The song is available for purchase on iTunes, Amazon MP3 Store and Google Play with 100% of the profits from the sale of the recording going to the three military charities.