Sir Paul McCartney has heaped praise on U.K. charity War Child after it was selected to receive a Brit Award to mark its 20th anniversary next year (13).

Representatives for the organisation, which provides aid for kids in war-torn countries, will accept the Special Recognition Award at the ceremony in London on 20 February.

War Child has long been involved with the music industry, teaming with artists including Radiohead, U2, The Killers and Elbow for fundraising concerts and albums.

Longtime War Child supporter Sir Paul says, "A lot of people say that music cannot change the world. I think it really can make a difference. Music can make people aware, put the issue into focus and shine a spotlight on the bad stuff. It also eats away at the horrors and alleviates some of the pain by raising the money to help these children.

"I have been supporting War Child since 1995. Their work saves lives. I urge everyone to support War Child."