Kaiser Chief and X Factor star help cancer patients follow their musical dreams

Stars of the X Factor and Kaiser Chiefs used their musical skills to inspire and empower young people affected by cancer.

Former X Factor contestant Lucy Spraggan and bassist Simon Rix from Kaiser Chiefs joined fellow mentors for a CLIC Sargent music workshop.

Kaiser Chief and X Factor star help cancer patients follow their musical dreams

The free workshop, which ran from November 4 to 5, involved a group of young people who had been affected by cancer and wanted to develop their musical abilities.

The workshop was held at the charity’s Malcolm Sargent House, in Prestwick, which provides holidays for young people and their families before and after treatment.

The team of professional musician mentors worked with the participants on a programme focusing mainly on folk, rock and pop music, helping them to develop their skills and confidence. 

Spraggan said: “It really is a pleasure to work with such impressive and talented young people. Music is a wonderful source of expression as well as an outlet for emotions and it is great to see the positive impact it has on families who are going through so much.

“CLIC Sargent is a wonderful cause and this music programme is another good example of the work they do to support young people to follow their interests and passions and reach their potential.”

Rix added: “The atmosphere at workshops is fantastic and it is great to have a role in supporting the skills, talent and enthusiasm of the young people who take part.

“There was fantastic input from everyone involved, including workshop leader Keith Ayling, musicians Sam Brookes, Natalie Holmes and Jack Kendrew, and video producer Simon Whitehead. But it’s the young people who attend these events and compose and record together who make the days special.”

Phil Day, music coordinator at CLIC Sargent, organises events across the UK including individual mentoring as well as group workshops, recording and performance opportunities, aiming to raise confidence and self esteem and reduce isolation for young people that have had a cancer diagnosis. 

He said: ”Events like this can make a real difference for young people who can be affected by low self esteem and confidence following cancer diagnosis and treatment or as a result of having cancer. 

“It’s great to see the change in young people when they are given the chance to express themselves through music”. 

CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, and their families. They provide emotional, practical, financial and clinical support to help them cope with cancer and get the most out of life.

For more information or additional high-resolution images please contact Nick Edmondson on 020 8752 2856 or email nick.edmondson@clicsargent.org.uk. Outside office hours please call 08448 481189.

For further information on music events, contact Phil Day on Philip.day@clicsargent.org.uk or call 07771 712065.

About cancer in children and young people

Every day, 10 children and young people in the UK hear the shocking news they have cancer. Treatment normally starts immediately, is often given many miles from home and can last for up to three years. Although survival rates are over 80%, cancer remains the single largest cause of death from disease in children and young people in the UK.

About CLIC Sargent

CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, and their families. We provide clinical, practical and emotional support to help them cope with cancer and get the most out of life. For more information visit www.clicsargent.org.uk 

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