Hillsborough single aims for Christmas number one

Tributes placed on the Shankly Gates next to the Hillsborough Memorial at Liverpool's Anfield Stadium
Tributes placed on the Shankly Gates next to the Hillsborough Memorial at Liverpool's Anfield Stadium Photo: Dave Thompson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A charity single featuring Sir Paul McCartney, Robbie Williams and others is in the running for the Christmas number one.

The version of the Hollies' hit He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother by The Justice Collective is produced by Guy Chambers, with all the proceeds going to cover the legal costs of the families of the Liverpool supporters killed in the Hillsborough disaster in 1989.

The song, released on Monday, was inspired by the sight of two children who walked out to the track during a tribute to the dead at Liverpool's city rivals Everton.

It comes after the report into the handling of the crowd crush at Hillsborough Stadium in 1989 which left 96 fans dead.

Producer Guy Chambers, a longtime collaborator with Robbie Williams, said: "It's about raising awareness about the injustice that happened and spreading good will among the whole country so they can get behind it".