Double grief the spur for Dale's song
A LLANELLI man is hoping a hundred voices will come together to be part of a charity single to raise money in memory of his mother and soldier brother.
Dale Francis has spent the last seven months writing a song called 100 Voices to raise money for a range of local cancer charities inspired by his mother Alison, who died of liver cancer at the age of 53.
And his efforts are further influenced by the loss of his courageous brother Ryan, who died aged 23 in a roadside bombing in Basra, Iraq, on July 7, 2007, during a tour of duty.
Mr Francis said: "I lost my mum three days before Christmas last year and I wanted to do something for cancer charities.
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"After I had lost my brother Ryan as well I just thought that I have to do something.
"A lot of people grieve after they have lost people they love, but this is one way of me dealing with that grief and trying to do something for other people and for patients who are suffering.
"I am going to be donating the money to local cancer charities in Llanelli and Swansea.
"I don't know exactly where yet, but I want to give something to Ty Bryngwyn hospice who helped support my mum, and maybe some money will go towards Help For Heroes because of my brother. Hopefully good things will come out of it."
As the title suggests, Mr Francis will get help from a choir of 100 fellow singers who will sing the chorus, while Phillip Arran will take lead vocals of the verses.
Mr Francis, whose talents led him to him sing for the Pope at the Vatican aged 14 with the Hywel Boy Singers and to join the Friendship Theatre Group and The Academy, will play piano on the track.
The song will then be released on iTunes and as a hard copy by Amazon in November.
And the 27-year-old hopes that by announcing his plans early, more than 100 people will come forward to be part of the charity efforts.
The PAI group audio visual company worker said: "I have done some writing in the past, but it has never been to this scale.
"I have spent an estimated £3,000 in recording it and it is still increasing at the moment.
"The reaction so far has been brilliant. People are coming forward every day with emails and telephone calls and it has just gone through the roof.
"Everybody is invited and I am hoping there will be over 100 people coming forward."
If you are interested in being part of the charity single, call Mr Francis on 01554 400877 or join the Facebook group 100 Voices.