Celebrities show their support for fundraisers

In The Mood - The Cancer Fighters choir. EMN-150217-110319001

In The Mood - The Cancer Fighters choir. EMN-150217-110319001

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Four Sleaford area women are winning support in the form of top TV talent as voices in a choir of female fundraisers.

Mum-of-three Elizabeth Webster, 55, of Tomlinson Way, Ruskington, is a singer in The Cancer Fighters, a group of 20 women and girls from Lincolnshire all affected by cancer who have remade the Nolan’s hit single I’m In The Mood in support of Cancer Research UK.

Released to coincide with World Cancer Day earlier this month, the song - and its associated campaign - has at Four Sleaford area women are winning support in the form of top TV talent as voices in a choir of female fundraisers.

Mum-of-three Elizabeth Webster, 55, of Tomlinson Way, Ruskington, is a singer in The Cancer Fighters, a group of 20 women and girls from Lincolnshire all affected by cancer who have remade the Nolan’s hit single I’m In The Mood in support of Cancer Research UK.

Released to coincide with World Cancer Day earlier this month, the song - and its associated campaign - has tracted support from such household names as Sharon Osbourne, John Bishop, Jeremy Kyle, Lorraine Kelly, Philip Schofield and Amanda Holden.

More than 1,000 people have clicked ‘like’ on its Facebook page while the Youtube clip of them performing the song has been watched, at the time of writing, almost 4,000 times.

“I used to sing for the local church at All Saint’s Church in Ruskington, but nothing professionally,” she said. “My husband says I can’t sing for toffee.”

The song’s lyrics have been re-written by cancer survivor Amelia Bailey, 45, from Washingborough, introducing a focus on fighting cancer and racing for life.

Elizabeth became friends with Amelia while the pair of them were undergoing treatment for cancer in 2011.

Elizabeth, an administrator and clerk at Ruskington Chestnut Street CofE Primary School, was diagnosed with breast cancer in January of that year and would go on to receive six lots of chemotherapy in six months. She continues to receive treatment today in the form of medication.

She said it was ‘wonderful’ to be part of the project: “We have had so much laughter through it. That’s the real positive out of it. It has been a real hoot.”

Sue Thorpe, also from Ruskington, mother-in-law of Amelia Bailey, Sue’s sister Marion Keenan from Ancaster, and friend Syreeta Fenwick from the Sleaford area have also all joined in.

Syreeta, who works in the prison service said: “I met Amelia when we worked together. We were shocked to hear of her breast cancer diagnosis and further down the line, when she asked for help I didn’t hesitate in saying yes.

“I have lost two grandfathers to cancer, and I have seen first hand the effects that it has on a family. It is beyond devastating. I am very happy to say though, that my cousin won her fight, and that my step-mum is in remission from breast cancer.

“We joined as a group of strangers but I’ve gained some friends that I’ll have forever.”

The original songwriters, Ben Findon, Mike Myers and Robert Puzey, have all supported the new version, waiving the royalties so that all profits go to Cancer Research UK.

It was recorded at Chapel Studios, near Louth, a venue used by such big names acts as The Arctic Monkeys, Kaiser Chiefs, Paul Weller and Shirley Bassey.

We’re in the Mood is available as a download via iTunes, amazon.com, Deezer, Google Play, Rhapsody, Spotify and Wimp.

The Cancer Fighter T-shirts are also available to buy in some Tesco stores and from the F&F website: www.F-F.com.

For further information go to www.cancerfighters.co.uk.