Almost a year after the sad death of their friend, students of St George’s Academy have finished a musical tribute to him.
Nathan Cook, of Sleaford, was just 14-years-old when he died suddenly of acute myeloid leukaemia in December last year, and to help channel their grief, his peers at the Academy decided to write and record a charity single in his memory.
What followed was months of careful planning by his friends, headed up by Matthew Waldeck, Sammy Fernandes and Chloe Tudor. The single, entitled Young Forever, was recorded over the summer and is now available to buy on iTunes and Spotify with all proceeds going to children’s cancer charity Clic Sargeant.
Chloe explained: “We wanted to release it around Christmas time as there’s a few festive lyrics in there and Nathan passed away near to Christmas as well.”
The lyrics were written by Chloe and Sammy with contributions from the dozen-or-so students involved who met up regularly after school, with the music side of things also fronted by Sammy.
She commented: “We all contributed bits to it. We have all grown really close during the course of making it. We have bonded through similar feelings.”
Matthew added: “We feel so proud that everyone was able to come together and make this happen.”
Nathan’s dad Adrian described the family’s pride at the youngster’s efforts for Nathan: “This has made us feel nice and warm inside that people are still thinking about him, it’s quite touching and emotional.
“It’s overwhelming but in a nice way, we are very proud and grateful that people are still thinking about Nathan.”
Group member Harriett Leggat said it had helped Nathan’s family and hopefully other families in a similar position. When she began promoting the single on Facebook she received messages of thanks. She encouraged everyone to buy the single.
To purchase Young Forever on iTunes or Spotify, type ‘Students of St George’s’ into the search bar on either site.