Girl band hoping to storm the charts

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An East Lancashire girl band who have performed several gigs in Burnley are hoping to storm the downloads chart this weekend with a charity single inspired by a classmate.

Arizona, made up of Jess Haworth (17), Grace O’Malley (16), Jess Watts (18) and Sophie Wooding (17), have released “Electricity,” penned by their English teacher Danny Williams.

The girls, who attend Alder Grange Community and Technology school in Rossendale, were prompted to launch the single, in aid of Petal Childhood Cancer Research, after fellow pupil Sonny Ashworth was diagnosed with leukaemia.

Sonny became ill in 2012 aged 15 and, after tests at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, was told he had the disease. Now studying for GCSEs at the school’s sixth form, Sonny is in remission thanks to a bone marrow transplant from his younger brother Spencer.

Arizona are currently touring the North-West in a bid to drum up support for the single and promote the work of the charity. They were due to perform at Blessed Trinity RC College in Burnley today.

The video has been co-produced by Hollywood director of photography Mike Drury who offered to help after hearing the story and the single has been produced with the help of music and media students.

Sonny said: “I am obviously thankful to my brother, I do get my bloods checked every month and I’m still taking it step by step but it’s amazing to think how ill I was and the recovery I have made thanks to the superb treatment.

“If it happened to me, it can happen to anyone.”

“Electricity” is available to download from iTunes, Google Play, Amazon and 40 other retailers. Anyone who wants to get involved with sponsorship for the single and tour should email