An Ely singer-songwriter is releasing a new single to raise money for children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent after being inspired by a teenager with leukaemia.
Mark Ellis, a member of the band Hamfatter, who secured a deal with Peter Jones on the show Dragons’ Den, will be performing the song Carry You at the LodeStar Festival in Cambridge, which runs from 30 August - 1 September.
He was inspired to write the track after his friend Emma Day was given the devastating news that her younger sister Molly, 14, had leukaemia.
Emma, 24, has just donated bone marrow to Molly in hospital in Bristol and the whole family is being supported by CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people.
Carry You is all about how much Mark wants to support Emma and her family through such a difficult time.
He said: “In the last 18 months I’ve been focusing on what I’m really trying to say with my songs, what they actually mean rather than made-up stories.
“Carry You came out of this and I actually found it effortless to write. It’s such an emotional thing for everybody involved.
“In the song I’m telling myself off for thinking about myself too much. It’s a sweet song for everyone else but a bit of a telling off for me. To me there’s no purer way to say something than personally through a song.
“The idea to donate the money to charity came along later once we had experienced what it was like in CLIC Sargent’s Home from Home Sam’s House. I just wanted to give something back.”
Molly is now recovering in hospital after her bone marrow transplant. Her sister Emma said: “I don't know what we would have all done if it wasn't for CLIC Sargent. They have been fantastic ever since Molly was diagnosed last May, with practical and emotional support.
“Bristol is a long way from Cambridgeshire so being able to stay free of charge in their Home from Home near the hospital means that we can be close together for Molly during the coming weeks."
Proceeds will go to CLIC Sargent while the organisers of Lodestar are also making a donation to the charity.
Three other bands, each with members who have been treated for cancer, are joining a great festival line-up.
To listen to Carry You visit http://soundcloud.com/markellis/carry-you-1
For more information or to arrange an interview contact Mark on 07756 147472 (please leave a message if it goes to voicemail) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about CLIC Sargent please contact Helen Thomas on 020 8752 2855 or email email@example.com. Outside office hours please call 08448 481189.
About childhood cancer
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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