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Charli Nolan (15 from Solihull) lost her Father Billy to skin cancer on 12th of March last year. As a budding songwriter and musician, Charli was able to express her loss by writing a song just 3 weeks later in tribute to her dad. A year later, Charlie was encouraged by a friend of the family to go into the studio and record the song. And so, with sponsorship from a couple of local businesses, Charlie has recorded the song with her friend Laura Baker, cousin Jemma Moore and little sister Alicia (8). And now, with the help of friends and family, Charli will be releasing her song '(I know) You'll be there' on 12th March 2008 to commemorate the first anniversary of her Dads passing. Plans include releasing the song as a CD single and internet download with all proceeds going to Marie Curie - Warren Pearl Hospice in Solihull, where her father was cared for. Charli said: "As a family we decided to donate all the money raised from my CD to the Marie Curie Hospice Solihull. I am hoping to raise £1,000 as a way of saying thank you for looking after my Dad and us last year." After hearing her rendition of REM's Everybody Hurts at Billy's funeral family friend Steve Manley invited Charli to record her song, in which she sings, plays the piano and the guitar, at Birmingham's Robannas Studios. "It was amazing visiting the recording studio, but it really isn't as glamourous as everyone makes it out to be - I was in there for 11 hours!" Charli said.

As well as the CD and download, Charli has also had a store created for her by where Charli and Marie Curie merchandise can be purchased with all proceeds from the sale of these items also going to the Warren Pearl Hospice.

Proud Mum Michele said that since recording the single numerous organisations and people have come out in support of the cause in order to raise money in Billy's memory.
"Billy was a real character, a builder who loved music, football and life and I know he would have been really proud of Charli," said Michele "Hopefully we will raise lots of money for Marie Curie as the nurses who work there are all remarkable - it is really frightening when you go in to the hospice because you know what you will be facing, but everyone is really friendly and we can't thank them enough."

Charli will be embarking on a whirlwind of fundraising activities to raise money for the cause and will be performing her song at concerts with the Solihull Music Service throughout March and at a musical event at Tudor Grange School.

You can hear the track, pre-order your copy and buy merchandise online at You can also see the video there, and on Youtube by searching for Charli Nolan.

For more information contact:
Steve Moylan

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