SHE may only be 11, but singing starlet Jess McDonald is on the rise, after being chosen to record a charity single to raise money for the NHS.

Jess, from Rainhill, came to the attention of the world in recent moths after footage of her singing songs such as You'll Never Walk Alone, The Beatles' Yesterday and Dame Vera Lynn's We'll Meet Again in the street during the Clap for Carers events went viral - being shared more than five million times.

With that in mind, songwriters Darren Alboni and Seth Reuben got in touch with her proud parents Gary and Jackie McDonald - themselves professional singers - to ask them if St Ann's Primary pupil Jess would like to get involved in singing a song called Rainbow of Love - which will raise money for the NHS Charities.

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Of course she said yes, and now the single Rainbow of Love, with lead vocals by Jess is available on iTunes for just 99p.

Jess also performed the song specially outside Whiston Hospital's A&E yesterday, Sunday, June 5, for the 72nd Anniversary of the NHS.

Her proud dad Gary, 55, said: "After the success of her singing for the Clap for Carers events, which went viral and we got messages from New Zealand and Africa, it was crazy, then Darren and Seth got in touch and of course we said yes.

"Darren has been involved with supporting the work of Ella Henderson, so it's a big deal and Jess has taken it all in her stride.

"We went to a recording studio up here and recorded it and sent it over and Jess' vocals long with some other children across the country which feature in the chorus is available to buy with all the money going to the NHS.

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Gary and Jackie with Jess

"It was very special to be able to have her perform it at Whiston Hospital though, the staff got in touch because we don't live far from the hospital so when Jess sang initially they could hear it at the hospital, so it was an honor to be asked to come and have Jess perform there.

"We are immensely proud of Jess, she's just got a place at St Edward's College in West Derby for her singing, which is incredible too, so she's having a great month with everything and becoming a mini celeb too.

"Her schoolmates and teachers have been getting in touch congratulating her as well, we are just so proud of her."

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Staff outside Whiston Hospital for the 72nd anniversary of the NHS

Rainbow of Love - which thanks NHS for their hard work particularly during the coronavirus pandemic - is available to buy on iTunes for 99p. All funds will go to the Association of NHS Charities.

For details on how to listen to and buy the song go to