Wanstead man inspired by mother's cancer fight releases charity World Cup single

Newham's Rosetta Primary School students singing for the record.

Newham's Rosetta Primary School students singing for the record.

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The son of a cancer sufferer is aiming to raise around £100,000 for research into the disease with a World Cup song recorded with the help of 7,000 students.

TheKidsAreUnited is released today by Jasper Ward, of High Street, Wanstead, who was motivated to act after his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in summer last year.

Mr Ward has been visiting schools across the country to record pupils' vocals and all proceeds from sales will go to Cancer Research.

The song is an adaptation of a song he first wrote for the 2006 World Cup.

Mr Ward quit his job as teacher at Chafford School in Rainham to support his mother, Victoria Brown, 60, who has finished chemotherapy and started radiotherapy today.

The 38-year-old said: “My mum was diagnosed with cancer last year and I used that as an opportunity to go back to the song and rework it for this World Cup.

“To have thousands of kids singing on a song inspired by her illness has amazed my mum, out of adversity we have achieved something amazing.

"It really has inspired her in her fight.

“As a teacher I had school contacts and it wasn’t hard to get everyone involved, the kids responded amazingly.

“There are whole schools singing on the record and they have been great in holding fundraising days too, we can make the £100,000 target.

“The kids are so humble and there were some great characters we have met, and they really capture the imagination.”

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