A DAD of a three-year-old cancer survivor has released a single to raise funds for charity.

Will Vine, from Wellington, wrote and recorded a song called Take Your Place to raise money for Young Lives vs Cancer.

His daughter, Lily, was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma in June 2020, after she was taken to A&E with a stomach ache.

A 5cm tumour was found in her chest, putting pressure on her spine. After nine months of intensive treatment including chemotherapy, surgery and then further chemotherapy with radiotherapy, Lily finally rang the bell in March this year.

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"The day the tumour was discovered was the most terrifying day of our lives, and it turns your life upside down in an instant," said Will.

"We were fortunate to have the guidance of Lin, our social worker appointed by Young Lives vs Cancer, to turn to immediately. They were there with us every step of the way.

“Lily spent most of the following nine months in Bristol Children’s Hospital.

"Throughout this period we were able to stay at Sam’s House, one of the homes from home provided by Young Lives vs Cancer. We were staying in Sam’s House while Lily was undergoing radiotherapy, when I wrote this song for her.

"It seems right to use the song to raise funds for this wonderful charity, to help their continued support for other young cancer patients."

The single was released on September 1 and can be view on YouTube. Viewers are asked to donate £3 by texting LILY3 to 70480, or they can visit justgiving.com/fundraising/takeyourplace.

Young Lives vs Cancer is a charity that helps children and young people during their cancer journey. The social workers offer specialist support and Homes from Home offer families a free place to stay nearby to the child’s hospital.

Jenny Mullen, local fundraising manager of Young Lives vs Cancer, added: “This beautiful song has been written and recorded with such heart and emotion. Many of us can only wonder what it must be like to hear your child has cancer but this song provides us with an insight.

"Will’s song will enable us to be there for more families as they hear their child has cancer and will mean we can support them as they face everything cancer throws at them.

“I want to thank Will for supporting Young Lives vs Cancer with the release of his single. We couldn’t do it without incredible supporters like Will and so are really grateful to him for helping to raise money for Young Lives vs Cancer this Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and beyond, with the release of his single.”