Surgeon from Leeds writes ballad for NHS workers who died in fight against Covid-19

A leading surgeon from Leeds and country singer has penned a touching ballad in memory of NHS and other key workers who have lost their lives fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

Charlie Knowles, who is currently a consultant surgeon at Barts Health NHS Trust in London, said he hopes the song will help listeners "recognise the risk key workers are taking on behalf of the nation".

Mr Knowles, 52, said the ballad is "close to home" for him as he has lost a friend in Italy to coronavirus and is worried about two colleagues fighting for their lives in an ICU in the UK.

His music video shows the faces and names of healthcare workers who have given their lives to help fight the Covid-19 crisis, while his lyrics are an ode to their service.

He added the ballad aims to raise money for families of people who have died or been incapacitated by coronavirus, andover £3,500 was donated in the first 24 hours of its release.

Mr Knowles has previously recorded an EP in Los Angeles with Grammy award nominated and multi-Juno award winning producer Brandon Friesen, and is recording an album with Nick Tauber, a UK producer best known for his work with Thin Lizzy, Toyah and Marillion in the 1970s and 1980s.

"First and foremost, I want listeners to recognise the risk that healthcare workers and other key workers are taking on behalf of the nation, as an increasing number are giving their lives in this task."

Charlie Knowles