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Charity album to raise funds for Leeds cancer patients in memory of Simon Kerwin

Saturday 16 November, 2019

The memory of Simon Kerwin has been honoured with the release of a new album and a donation of £5270 supporting cancer patients in Leeds. 

The 18-track CD entitled Lago – The Music of Simon Kerwin has been produced by Halifax based writer, musician and director of event and publishing company Mode for… Tabby Kerwin in memory of her husband, who passed away on 7 November 2018 following four months of treatment for a germ cell tumour.

Sales will benefit Jacqui’s Million, an appeal set up by friend of Tabby and patient Jacqui Drake, with hospital charity Leeds Cares.  The appeal hopes to raise £1 million for patients at Leeds Cancer Centre.  

Simon Kerwin was a well-respected musician, with more than 1,000 compositions and arrangements for brass band and concert band including music from movies Brassed Off and The Full Monty. He was also Bandmaster of the Nottinghamshire Band of the Royal Engineers. 

Tabby said: “I wanted to celebrate my husband’s life and musical legacy and at the same time continue to raise funds for the cancer centre that looked after Simon so wonderfully.  

“Having previously raised funds by running the Great North Run and London Marathon, it was important to me to use our love of music to benefit others and I wanted to turn the first anniversary of his death into a celebration of music. 

“It is also very important to me to support my friend Jacqui Drake and her wonderful mission to raise £1 million via the Jacqui’s Million appeal as these funds go directly to the welfare of the cancer patients.” 

The CD, recorded by KMJ Recordings, features music composed or arranged by Simon and has been performed by Rothwell Temperance Band under musical director David Roberts and will be the first recording on the Mode for… label. 

“The band is outstanding - one of the best in the country - and they have supported Simon, me and the project so much. I am truly grateful for their kind support and musicianship and their part in raising funds for the cause close to all our hearts as a donation from the sale of CDs has gone to this great charity.” said Tabby. 

In a further generous donation, Tabby has donated nine personal CD players and 25 copies of the CD to be available to patients receiving chemotherapy, as well as 25 further copies of the CD with 100% of the money from Sales of those CDs going to Jacqui’s Million. 

“Music is a wonderful therapy and whilst I want the financial donations to benefit patients, I also want patients receiving treatment to be able to listen to the music to enjoy and hopefully benefit from relaxation as they undertake their treatment regimes. I’m so delighted that the music Simon wrote, recorded by Rothwell Temperance Band can not only raise much needed money, but also help with the mental health of patients as they undergo treatment and looking after mental health through music is something I’m very passionate about,” said Tabby.

Sharon Link, Leeds Cares head of community fundraising, said: “This wonderful album – along with the gift of CD players – is a fantastic project to benefit patients undergoing treatment at Leeds Cancer Centre. 

“The continued generosity of people like Tabby helps us to enhance the healthcare environment and enables Leeds Cancer Centre to deliver the best outcomes for patients across Leeds, Yorkshire and beyond.” 

The CD can be purchased from the Mode For website.