Ely musician leads line-up of CLIC Sargent favourites at festival

An Ely singer-songwriter was one of four artists with connections to CLIC Sargent to play at the LodeStar Festival in Cambridgeshire in September.

Lodestar stage Mark Ellis

Mark Ellis, who secured a deal with Peter Jones on BBC Two’s Dragon’s Den, performed a solo set which included the single ‘Carry You’, the proceeds from which have been donated to CLIC Sargent.

Mark was inspired to write the song 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.

“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."

The organisers of the LodeStar also made a donation to the charity after the festival which was headlined by The Magic Numbers.

To listen to Carry You visit http://soundcloud.com/markellis/carry-you-1

For more information about LodeStar visit http://www.lodestarfestival.com/

To find out more about Mark visit http://markellisofficial.com/news/

For more information or to arrange an interview contact Mark on 07756 147472 (please leave a message if it goes to voicemail) or email markellisofficial@gmail.com

For more information about CLIC Sargent please contact Helen Thomas on 020 8752 2855 or email hthomas@clicsargent.org.uk. 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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