EARBY singing star Kiki Deville is releasing a new single in dedication to the memory of her baby son, Dexter.

Kiki, who is an international entertainer best known in the UK for her appearances on ITV’s The Voice UK, and All Together Now on the BBC, co-wrote ‘The Day’ with singer songwriter, Angus Powell, during the first UK-wide lockdown earlier this year.

She said: “I was on a songwriting course and met Angus online and we really gelled.

“I told him about this song I wanted to write for my little boy Dexter, and he really brought it together for me. He’s amazing.

“We have actually done the whole thing remotely. We have never met in person.”

After losing Dexter at just four weeks and three days to a genetic disorder, Zellweger Syndrome, in 2007, Kiki became a passionate spokesperson for parental bereavement, frustrated with the idea that people didn’t want to hear about children who had died.

Now the official patron of Derian House Children’s Hospice in Chorley, the hospice where Dexter died and one of the charities set to benefit from the proceeds of the single’s release, the other being Together For Short Lives, Kiki works tirelessly to raise awareness of organisations that help parents come to term with terrible loss.

Each will receive 30 per cent of the proceeds generated from the iTune sales.

“Even if it is only a few hundred pounds, it will help. Children’s hospices really struggle for money and get very little public financial help and yet they do such marvellous work for the children.

“Derian House is a God send,” she said.

Kiki added: “This is a very personal song, dedicated to those of us who have had to say a painful goodbye to someone we love.

“It really does show a different side to me and performing it is really quite cathartic, if not a little painful. I just hope it helps those who can relate as it is very close to my heart.”

Kiki, 47, is not only an international singer, but also set up a singing school which is carried out remotely and puts her hand to writing songs.

She is originally from Australia and settled in Earby 17 years ago after meeting her ‘Northern English man’.

A plus size Jazz and Blues singer with a powerful voice, the burlesque songstress has a huge following and wowed singer Will.i.am on BBC1’s The Voice, in 2014, with her rendition of Stone Cold Sober by Paloma Faith on the BBC1 show.

She has music in the blood with her father being a blues singer and her mother a country singer.

She has sung in different bands and as a soloist all her life.

After the death of Dexter, Kiki said she was blessed with another son, Arlo, who is now 12.

Derian House provides respite and end-of-life care to more than 400 children and young people across the North West with 24 hours a day, seven days a week provision.

The hospice ethos is to make sure that every child and young person who comes to Derian is able to make the very most of the time they have in an environment of fun, respect and care.

‘The Day’ which will be available to pre-order from iTunes from November 23 and across all major streaming platforms from December 13.