Musicians band together to raise money for WCRF

7 May 2015

A group of musicians have banded together to release a charity album to help raise vital funds for cancer prevention research.

The album, created by BT employees from across the country, is the brainchild of Phil Brunkard, who called upon his co-workers to help him earn sponsorship for when he climbs Mount Kilimanjaro next year.

The Head of Design, from Halifax, gathered the most musical of his colleagues, who call themselves ‘The Sounds of Strangers’, to produce a 34-track album in aid of World Cancer Research Fund.

The album is particularly personal to many of the singers and musicians, who have been affected by cancer.

Father-of-three Phil, said: "I’ve had so much support from everyone, as well as BT, it’s been fantastic.

"Four of the contributors have suffered from cancer, and other have lost close family to the disease – it affects everyone, so a lot of people were eager to help out with the project."

The album is mix of genres including rock, pop, jazz, and classical, and has a medley of subjects, with two of the songs about personal experiences of cancer.

Phil, 49, said: "We have music from bands just starting out, through to music from artists who have played in bands in the 1980s and 1990s."

Music graduates from Huddersfield University and a local mental health charity also pitched in to produce a composition with Phil to reflect the challenge of climbing Kilimanjaro.

The BT employee plans to scale the world’s highest free-standing mountain, which measures 5,895m, in February next year, and hopes that the sales of the album will help him raise thousands of pounds for the charity.

He said: "I think World Cancer Research Fund’s focus on prevention, and things we can all do to protect ourselves, really deserves some support.

"I wanted to do something creative to help raise funds for them. I hope that all of the hard work pays off and people buy the album – it’s not only for a good cause, but everyone’s worked so hard on it, and it sounds fantastic."

Paul Fretwell, Head of Fundraising for World Cancer Research Fund, said: "This is an incredible achievement and we’re so pleased that Phil is supporting us. We’re so proud that he’s supporting our cancer prevention research – it’s because of people like him that we can continue to do our vital work."

To purchase the album, released on May 5, and support World Cancer Research Fund, visit the band’s website. To sponsor him directly, visit his fundraising page.