11-year-old Acocks Green schoolboy releases song to raise funds for Cure Leukaemia in honour of cousin - The Solihull Observer

11-year-old Acocks Green schoolboy releases song to raise funds for Cure Leukaemia in honour of cousin

Solihull Editorial 31st Oct, 2017 Updated: 31st Oct, 2017   0

AN 11-YEAR-OLD Solihull singer has released his very first single to raise funds in support of his cousin who is battling blood cancer.

Liam Price, who won Open Mic UK at the NEC earlier this year, has been singing ever since he started to speak and with support from his parents Donna and Kevin and stepdad Adam.

Liam’s cousin, Harrison (Harry) Price, is battling Philadelphia positive acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, a rare form of blood cancer and Liam hopes to raise at least £1,000 for Cure Leukaemia in support of his 12-year-old relative.

Liam currently attends specialist music school Kimichi in Acocks Green and has won the Pontins Talent Quest, John Lewis Star Quest, performing alongside Diversity at Dancefest 2017 and he appeared on Sky TV’s Teen Star 2017 which showcases the top 30 young singers in the UK.

Liam wanted his song You and I, which was written and recorded by The Famous Company at their London studio, to sound like an ‘X Factor winners song.’

He said: “Having lost my great aunt to cancer, seeing the battle Harry is going through and knowing another of my cousins has cancer too, I was passionate about using my voice to raise funds to help support people like Harry.

“I’m really proud of the song and I hope people will download it and donate to Cure Leukaemia as they are committed to helping beat blood cancer.”

Liam’s stepdad Adam Belcher is a staff nurse at the Birmingham Children’s Hospital A&E department and, along with his wife Donna and Liam’s father Kevin, has helped Liam realise his dream.

Adam said: “Liam is so talented and we are incredibly proud that he has chosen to use his talent to help others.

“I have treated Harry a number of times when he has come into A&E and his bravery in battling this horrible disease is an inspiration to the whole family.

“I hope Liam’s song touches a chord with the public and hopefully he will smash his £1,000 fundraising target for Cure Leukaemia.”

Cure Leukaemia CEO James McLaughlin said: “The generosity of Harry’s family and friends never ceases to amaze me and this is a really original and inspirational fundraising idea from Liam.

“The song is fantastic and I really hope this can capture the hearts and minds of the public in the Midlands and further afield in the lead up to Christmas.”

The money raised will go towards the £1m Appeal to expand the Centre for Clinical Haematology at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital which, once completed, will double its capacity for blood cancer patients, pioneering clinical trials and specialist research nurses.


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