As 2013 draws to an end, we wanted to announce our support for recent graduate James Irvin, who's currently undertaking various measures to promote the 'Mend Maddie's Mummy' appeal.
Five years ago James was diagnosed with Severe Aplastic Anaemia, where following a course of treatment, the disease went into remission. Unfortunately, James relapsed a year later with the resulting treatment forcing him to defer his studies at SSR and return at a later date.
Following a successful stem cell transplant, James graduated and decided to deploy his business plan (created within the Music Business module) to set-up the record label 'Faux Fascination Audio'.
This year during a chemotherapy session, James heard some sad news from nurse and friend, Richard McCormick, whose wife Nicola, had been diagnosed with Stage 4 Lymphoma, a form of non-Hodgkins cancer.
Nicola has now been receiving extensive chemotherapy to the extent where it’s killed off all but the most resilient cells; however these cells prove the most aggressive and hardest to kill. Despite a stronger dose of chemotherapy, these cells have multiplied causing Nicola’s cancer to worsen.
Nicola's consultants have now recommended applying for experimental treatment, which is where the Mend Maddie's Mummy appeal has stepped in to help raise the required funds.
James was eager to help with the appeal, and approached FFAudio artist, Lucy May and the Tomcats, suggesting the recording of a charity single and organising a charity gala to help raise funds for the appeal, and raise awareness of the Stem Cell / Bone Marrow Transplant donor scheme.
Following a request to his former tutor, Martin Desai, SSR was more than happy to donate recording time in our Spirit Studio, which led to the production of a re-worked version of Christmas classic; Santa Baby, currently sitting at #1 in the iTunes Jazz charts!
All proceeds from the single and charity evening are being donated to the Mend Maddie’s Mummy appeal, with SSR also making a donation. We're also encouraging visitors, staff and students to donate via a collection box at our reception desk.
James Irvin:"The Mend Maddie’s Mummy appeal hits a raw nerve for me and I feel very strongly about this cause. I have been in a similar situation to what Nicola is in right now and can relate to the constant trial and tribulations that she is going through. The continuing support from SSR, especially Martin Desai who used to teach me on the Studio and Live Music Production course has been overwhelming. Martin gifted studio time in the infamous Spirit Studio, which allowed us to record, produce and release our charitable rendition of Santa Baby to a high standard using the exceptional facilities that SSR has to offer. Together with personal experiences and learnt knowledge from the modules at SSR, I have been able to set-up my own limited company and release this song which soon made it to No.1 in the iTunes Jazz charts, which will in turn hopefully raise a lot of money for the Mend Maddie's Mummy appeal!"
The charity gala takes place at The Chapel in Manchester on Thursday 12th December and will feature live music, a photo booth, raffle, donor registration stand and a presentation on how the single was created.
We couldn't be more proud of James and the lengths he's foregoing to help a friend who supported him through his own illness. James is setting a great example to fellow students and graduates, and anyone else who reads this, by demonstrating how with a little thought and a lot of dedication, you can make a real difference in someone’s life.
For further information on the Mend Maddie’s Mummy appeal and how you can donate, please see the following links:https://www.facebook.com/mendmaddiesmummyhttp://gogetfunding.com/project/mend-maddie-s-mummyhttp://www.ffaudio.com/