Christmas single

Christmas Time is Here Again

The Children's Centre has released its very own Christmas song to help raise funds for its Charitable Services, and you can hear it by going to their special website

Sam Porter wrote 'Christmas Time is Here Again' and recorded the song with the help of a group of children from The Children's Centre's Douglas after-school club. Sam, who attended Ramsey Grammar School before studying at the University of Edinburgh, returned to the Island after graduation and began working at The Children's Centre as a Playworker and Mobex team member. He's seen the good the organisation does for the Island's young people first-hand and, knowing how much his own childhood was shaped by music and music-making, wanted to share his enthusiasm.

'Christmas Time Is Here Again' was written with the children in mind and they were delighted to be involved at every stage of the process and contributed loads of creative ideas.

"Music producer Gypo Buggane of Ballagrove Studios very generously offered his expertise and studio free of charge," says Sam. "It allowed the children to see how a record is made from start to finish, and hopefully will have inspired them to explore music and song writing in the future. I'd also like to say a big thank you to Lindsay Rowe, whose fantastic keyboard skills really added to the overall sound."

Although the project began as just some fun for the children, Sam realised it was also a great opportunity to help raise funds for The Children's Centre.

"It costs thousands of pounds a week to operate our charitable services and make them available around the Island, and we're hoping that anyone who enjoys or downloads the track will consider making a secure donation via paypal on the website" says Sam. "It's a really generous gift you can give to all children on the Island this Christmas. So please have a listen, enjoy the music, and help us to continue to make the Isle of Man a really amazing place to grow up. Merry Christmas!"

How can you help?

There are many ways you can support our work.

  • £3,000 per day to run our charitable programmes
  • £7 benefit for every £1 spent on Thriving families programme
  • 40% of local children and young people engaged in our services
  • 16 groups of all ages hosted at the Farm each week