Cancer sufferer Mal strikes a chord with charity singles

Mal Wood
Mal Wood
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A cancer sufferer who recorded a song to raise funds for a High Peak hospice has followed it up with a second track in aid of cancer charity The Christie.

Mal Wood originally composed the track titled Reaching Out in recognition of the support he received from Chapel-en-le-Frith’s Blythe House Hospice during his battle with the disease.

Now the 66-year-old, of Buxton Old Road, Disley, has turned his attentions to charity The Christie by releasing the instrumental track ‘Coastal Spirit’.

“I wanted to record this song in recognition of all the hard work that they do at Christie Hospital for people with cancer, which includes patients from Blythe House,” explained Mal.

“Cancer is not a nice thing to be walking around with, and I just hope my music can reach out to those people who are in a similar position.

“It’s the only way I can express myself. I can’t go running up and down mountains, so I pick up my guitar instead.”

Mal, who has been playing music for over 30 years and adopted his own unique guitar-playing style, admits the charity singles are very different to his usual rock/blues numbers, but also more personal.

He produced two versions of Reaching Out - an instrumental track and one featuring lyrics sung by his brother-in-law Brian Bell, from Hayfield. And the song seems to have struck a chord with listeners, who describe it as “very haunting, but also very different”.

“The feedback from the first song has been tremendous,” he beamed.

“I’ve had people coming up to me in the streets, shaking my hand and saying ‘well done’. I’ve actually signed a few autographs!

“I would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to listen to my music and I hope it inspires them in some way and lifts their spirits.”

He added: “I’ve not finished with Blythe House though, as it holds a very special place in my heart. I’m writing another orchestral piece, which is beautiful but with a sting in its tail. Watch this space.”

Stefanie Underhill, community fundraising officer at The Christie, said: “Huge thanks to Mal for taking the time to compose this song.

“All proceeds from the sale of his CD will go to The Christie charity, which helps to fund vital research, equipment and extra support services for cancer patients at The Christie.”

The CD Coastal Spirit is available from the Disley Parish Council office, priced £5, with all proceeds going to The Christie.

Mal’s first song, Reaching Out, can also be purchased from the council office, as well as from the reception at Blythe House.