Duo’s single for cancer charity

Gemma and Alan of Gemma Class Act.
Gemma and Alan of Gemma Class Act.

A Skegness father-daughter musical team have released a charity single in support of children across the globe living with cancer.

Alan Johnson and daughter Gemma Johnson have launched the fundraiser in aid of the World Child Cancer charity.

The organisation, based in London, was founded in 2007 and aims to improve cancer diagnosis, treatment and care for children across the developing world.

The duo, who have more than a decade’s experience in the entertainment industry, were inspired by the experiences of a young girl in America – the granddaughter of a UK-based friend of theirs.

Gemma said: “The song is about a little girl in America called Ilaria who had a tumour on her chest, but with treatment she thankfully survived.”

She added: “It inspired dad to write a song called Ilaria’s Song as we wanted to use this as a way of raising awareness and money to help other children going through the same illness.”

Alan and Gemma, who perform under the name Gemma Class Act, have had 500 copies of the single produced and are selling them for £3 each.

“We just want to raise as much money as we can,” said Gemma.

The song, described by Gemma as a ‘ballad with a modern twist’ has featured on UK and US radio stations.

She said it carries a message of ‘hope and love’.

At the time of writing, £145 had been raised for the cause and Gemma thanked all those who had helped.

She said: “You really are making a difference as just £50 provides chemotherapy for one child, so we have already helped two children so far.”

You can purchase the CD through the website www.gemmaclassact.co.uk. The song is also available on iTunes and Amazon mp3.