During Organ Donation Week (20th to 26th September 2021) the ‘Harmonies of Hope’ children’s choir called for children not to be ‘Invisible’, with a song which reveals the hidden impact for more than 7000 people, including 200 children, currently predicted to be in need of a transplant across the UK.
The Harmonies of Hope children’s choir, set up by trainee transplant surgeon and King’s College London Research Fellow, Pankaj Chandak, is made up of waiting patients, transplant recipients and family members from Great Ormond Street and Evelina London Children’s Hospitals.
The song, ‘Invisible’, chosen by the choir and written by American songwriter Jason Robert Brown, includes the lyrics: “Here I go – look at me! There’s a lot I can be, but I won’t be invisible…Take down the barricades, I’m coming through! Here I go – now you know! Just ‘cause you can’t see me, It don’t make me invisible.” It captures the feeling of those waiting for their donor match, especially in the midst of a pandemic, who explain how this can leave them isolated; unable to participate in day-to-day life, missing out on school, special occasions and even the ability to see close family and friends.
For more details (including a link to their performance), please click the link below: