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NEW College Single Raising Cash For Charity

NEW CollegeNEW College staff and students are releasing a Christmas record and video for the Deafblind charity Sense, called "All The Broken Toys at Christmas". Media tutor Sean Macreavy has come up with the idea to raise money for his wife Sally's and Alcester neighbour Gary Field’s London Marathon run for Sense next year. Sally (formerly Nicholson), is a former weather girl on BBC Midlands Today.

It's a fun, super-catchy, wacky Punk Christmas song, performed by “Batteries Not Included”, led by tutor Sean Macreavy. It's a tongue-in-cheek tale of woe, with the singer complaining to his parents about the toys that broke on Christmas Day and the ones they never bought him!

College students from Bromsgrove and Redditch have been involved for the last month animating a fabulous video, featuring dozens of toys, old and new. Imagine Darth Vader performing an operation on the Operation man, Action Man arm-wrestling with Barbie, or in a romantic liaison with Stretch Armstrong, and you get the idea!

Sean Macreavy said of the project, “it’s been a real joy working on this. Sense is such a great cause, and the college students have really got behind the charity fund-raising and the crazy idea of animating all those old toys! It’s been hard work, but such fun to film and record. We’re hoping to really capture a bit of old-fashioned Christmas spirit!”

Virginia Von Malachowski from Sense said the project was incredibly important to the charity. “Sense is a national charity supporting Deafblind people and their families. we are delighted to be associated with this amazing project. The efforts and enthusiasm of Sean, the band, NEW College students and the two marathon runners is just fantastic. The song and video is just awesome! The money it raises will allow us to continue to provide very special support to Deafblind people and their families.”

The video has been be released, with the single, and is available on

With help from a Facebook campaign and the backing of the College, Students hope it could be a Christmas hit! The project’s Facebook page, “All The Broken Toys at Christmas”, features information and photos of the making of the video.

(Published: 05 Dec 2012)

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