By Indya Clayton

AN ENTHUSIASTIC mum is on mission to pull off a community stunt to bring festive cheer and take on the ‘Goddess of Christmas’, Mariah Carey, while she’s at it.

Videographer Andrea McDowell from West Oxfordshire is making a ‘merryoke’ video where she will mime to the popular Christmas song, ‘All I want for Christmas’,as part of Save the Children’s Christmas charity appeal.

Ms McDowell said she is excited about the opportunity to get the community in Witney involved in creating something for a good cause.

Over the coming week, she will be filming at schools including Freeland School in Witney, the Oxford Santa Fun Run on Sunday and LaplandUK while doing her best to lip-sync to the hit song.

Andrea and her colleagues are eager to give Mariah Carey a run for her money.

Ms McDowell said: “Mariah Carey has held the top slot of Christmas divas for too long – there’s some more chilled out divas in town.”

The wedding videographer explained the term ‘merryoke’ came from the term ‘mareoke’, where people sing-a-long and mime a song in her wedding videos.

The video will be professionally edited together by her wedding videography company, Shoot it Yourself, just in time for Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day on Friday, December 14.

She said: “We’re taking on the Goddess of Christmas for Christmas Jumper day so watch this space.”

The project comes after her earlier stunt, reported by the Oxford Mail, in which she produced Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s ‘ultimate unofficial wedding video’ after trying to obtain a ticket to the event.

This time around, money will be raised for Save the Children after the video maker contacted the charity asking for its support.

She said the charity tried producing a similar video but had problems getting permission to use such a popular song under copyright laws.

By miming the song however, Andrea found a way around it, and got the charity on board.

She said: “It’s brilliant. We’re really hoping we can beat our target and are so happy for Save the Children to get our video onto their social media channels.”

They now have a text code for people to use to donate and aim to smash their £1000 target which will pay for five children in Uganda to attend primary school for a year.

To donate £2, text TEAM20304 to 70050.