Watch a Banbury cancer patient performing alongside rock legends in a new fundraising song
Lily Blundell said: "It was absolutely amazing to make my music video debut - it’s every young person’s dream - and to do it alongside these with two iconic artists is just out of this world"
A young cancer patient from Banbury has sung alongside rock legends Bonnie Tyler and Lorraine Crosby when they joined forces to raise funds for the charity Teenage Cancer Trust.
Lily Blundell, who was supported by the charity’s unit at The Churchill Hospital in Oxford, is one of seven young people that appear in the music video for the new single, ‘Through Thick And Thin’ (I’ll Stand By You), released today (May 15).
The song is a rousing ballad is dedicated to the support that Teenage Cancer Trust offers across the UK.
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Lily, 22, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma, said: “It was absolutely amazing to make my music video debut - it’s every young person’s dream - and to do it alongside these with two iconic artists is just out of this world.
“Living with cancer is tough. You don’t feel like you and you often feel alone.
"Going through cancer whilst the world deals with the coronavirus pandemic adds an extra layer of emotion and the feeling of isolation is magnified.
"But Teenage Cancer Trust has been there for me through thick and thin. They understand me and have been here for me.
“Buying this single will allow Teenage Cancer Trust to continue to offer this support. So download and enjoy the track and make a difference to young people who are facing cancer, now and in the future.”
Tyler, who catapulted to worldwide fame with hits ‘Holding Out For A Hero’ and ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’ is lifelong friend of Crosby, female duet partner on the 1993 Meatloaf classic ‘I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That).
Tyler and Crosby’s support for the Teenage Cancer Trust comes as the charity’s flagship annual week of fundraising shows at the Royal Albert Hall, bringing together artists and comedians to perform over seven days and set to raise more than £1million, had to be cancelled in March due to the Coronavirus.
Bonnie Tyler said: ”The lyrics say it all for right now, we all need to support each other through difficult times.
"If anyone needs a hero now, it’s young people with cancer.
"They’re going through some of the toughest moments of their lives, and support from Teenage Cancer Trust’s nurses and youth support teams is needed more than ever. Through thick and thin.”
Kate Collins, chief executive at Teenage Cancer Trust, said: ”We can’t thank Bonnie and Lorraine enough for their support.
"Cancer isn’t stopping for coronavirus and neither is Teenage Cancer Trust - right now young people with cancer are feeling more isolated than ever and they’ve never needed us more.
“We rely on donations for all our work and our income this year could drop by as much as 50 per cent. We’ve launched an urgent fundraising appeal so we can raise the £5m needed so we can continue our work in 2020. Thank you to Bonnie and Lorraine for standing by us, as we do for young people with cancer for as long as they need us.”
‘Through Thick And Thin’ (I’ll Stand By You), released by AWAL/Kobalt, is available from May 15 on iTunes and all digital platforms. All of the profits will go to Teenage Cancer Trust.
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