Battersea challenges Band Aid

Band Aid has an unexpected challenger for the coveted Christmas number one spot, in the shape of Battersea Dogs Home.

The canine charity is releasing Christmas Morning on 29 November, the same day that Do they know it's Christmas? hits the shops. Whereas the latter is relying on the support of the biggest names in the music industry, the hopes of Battersea Dogs Home rest solely on the shoulders of its new mascot, Rockford, described by the home as "a loveable but mildly flatulent animated puppy". Rockford sings the song.

The charity for unwanted hounds enters the chart race as underdog, but remains optimistic. Director of communications Helen Tennant said: "Obviously, we would love the single to go to number one, and it's aimed at a younger audience so we have got our fingers crossed."

The song was written by charity PR consultant Matthew Sweetapple.

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