A charity single by prison inmates has been released in memory of a teenage boy who died after living with a brain tumour for five years.
The song was recorded by prisoners touched by the story of 16 year-old David “DD” Langton-Gilks, the son of their music teacher Toby. The inmates at HMP Guys Marsh, Shaftesbury, Dorset decided to record ‘Song for DD’ when they heard Toby’s son was dying. They found out when one of them saw Toby speaking about his son on the local BBC news to raise awareness of brain tumours in children. It inspired them to write and perform a tribute to DD, which would also help Toby and his family with their awareness-raising campaign. DD died last August after five gruelling years of cancer treatment and brain surgery.
The song is available to download from today on Amazon, Spotify and iTunes for 99p. Proceeds from sales of the single will go to CLIC Sargent and The Brain Tumour Charity.
CLIC Sargent provided DD and his family with financial, practical and emotional support from when he was diagnosed. The family also stayed at the charity’s Home from Home CLIC Haven, when DD was being treated at Southampton General Hospital. The family are also supporting The Brain Tumour Charity's HeadSmart because of its campaign to increase awareness of the signs and symptoms of brain tumours in children and young people.
Toby said: “It’s a great song and I’m so moved the guys have done this. When people download it, they’ll become aware that diagnosing paediatric brain tumours early is absolutely vital to saving children’s lives, and they’ll also know more about the financial and other difficulties families go through when children undergo cancer treatment. I really hope everybody will go to iTunes, Amazon and Spotify and download the song. It would be such an amazing tribute to DD.”