Dr. McCrea has been playing guitar and writing songs for the Wiltshire Heart Throbs since 2016. When he contracted coronavirus very early on in the pandemic, he chose to use his experience to create something positive, sharing;
“I wrote ‘Corona’ at the height of my illness as I saw the rapid spread of this disease across the globe unfold on the news.
“I was on sick leave for a total of six weeks with coronavirus and I then returned to work on a part-time basis until my energy levels recovered."
The song which also features Dr. Valerie Barlow, Consultant Physician, is dedicated to all the health care professionals on the frontline fighting the coronavirus pandemic.
Both Dr. McCrea and Dr. Barlow sang the poignant lyrics that reflect on the whole of 2020 outside of the Great Western Hospital which served as the key inspiration for the song.
Speaking of the song and the difference it has made to colleagues and will make for charities, Dr. Barlow, said,
"It has been a really tough time during this pandemic. Bill’s story of hope, connection, and inspiration has emerged through this charity single."
“Raising money for Brighter Futures to give back to the community that works tirelessly to ensure everyone’s safety and wellness is an honour to be a part of.
All proceeds from downloads of the single will be donated to the Trust’s charity Brighter Futures and UNICEF.
The music video is available on the GWH NHS Foundation Trust YouTube channel and can be downloaded from Amazon Music and Apple Music.