Nurse records message of hope for colleagues

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Published on 31 March 2020

An intensive care nurse has recorded a version of Andrea Day’s hit song Rise Up to help inspire colleagues during the coronavirus outbreak.

Senior sister Emma Rivera, who works at the Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital in Margate, posted her recording online and dedicated the song to all frontline medical staff.

It was uploaded on Sunday morning and in less than 24 hours had been streamed more than 1,000 times.

Emma said: “I was blown away by everyone’s response to the recording.

“It was for my colleagues initially, but I would like to dedicate it to all frontliners and the whole hospital team who are working so hard to prepare for the outbreak and everything that means.

“Every word resonated with me as a nurse and the song means so much to me and I’m so thankful I’m able to share it with others.”

The song was made famous by US singer Andrea, who has said it signifies a message of perseverance during difficult times.

She told Time magazine that it started as a ‘sort-of prayer…I thought about what I needed to hear to be able to get back on my feet.’

The song was nominated for a Grammy award for Best R&B performance and reached the top 20 in the UK download chart.

Listen to Emma’s version here: https://www.smule.com/recording/andra-day-rise-up/106231865_3465506028