Amanda Holden releases song for NHS who 'saved my life'

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LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 29:  Amanda Holden attends the Pride of Britain Awards 2018 at The Grosvenor House Hotel on October 29, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage)
Amanda Holden attends the Pride of Britain Awards 2018 (Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage)

Amanda Holden is releasing a single in aid of the NHS, who she said “saved my life”.

The Britain’s Got Talent judge – who has been working on an album – has unveiled her version of Over The Rainbow and will donate all proceeds to the NHS.

The star, who suffered serious complications giving birth to her second daughter, said it was particularly important to her because the NHS had done so much for her and her family.

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Holden, 49, said in an Instagram video: “The NHS mean a lot to me because as I’m sure you’ve read, they saved my life.

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“They’ve saved my sister’s life, after she was in a car accident.

“And, of course, our son Theo was born sleeping at an NHS hospital where all the staff were utterly extraordinary and treated us with so much empathy and love, is probably the best way to describe it.”

“I feel like I owe them so much,” she added.

“I feel like we all owe them a debt now and of course for the future to come.”

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The TV star has two daughters with her husband Chris Hughes – 14-year-old Alexa and eight-year-old Hollie.

Holden suffered complications during Hollie’s birth when she haemorrhaged and her heart stopped.

Speaking on her radio show, Heart Breakfast, she said: "When I gave birth to Hollie, my eight-year-old daughter who I know is listening, she was an emergency and I haemorrhaged, basically, and I actually did pass away for 40 seconds and then I went into a coma, but the NHS were there holding my hand and my husband's hand, who - I feel sorry for him to be honest - he went through, it watching it all."

In 2011, when she was seven months pregnant with son Theo, a scan revealed the baby’s heart had stopped.

Holden underwent a Caesarean at West Middlesex University Hospital and later set up the organisation Theo's Hope, which provides bereavement counsellors in maternity units.

Holden said she recorded her song last year for her album, but that the album was on hold amid the pandemic.

She then decided to release it in aid of “this wonderful cause”.

Money raised will go to NHS Charities Together, which supports staff and volunteers working on the front line of the coronavirus pandemic.

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