My name is Freddy Stratton and I come from Windsor, UK.
In 2012 I was taken ill with Transverse Myelitis and was partially paralysed down my left side.
During my recovery I taught myself to play a keyboard with great support of a close friend Jean Taylor.
She was very influential in my getting started with my music.
After giving Greensleeves a good bashing the music got better until I then started to do a bit of composing.
Not being able to return to my full time job as a taxi driver I became a carer for one of my taxi customers who had become quite frail.
Her name was Joan Hyde, and I had been her taxi driver for many years.
She had loved the songs I composed and played them regularly.
In 2014 she was diagnosed with cancer.
It was very sad to watch her go through this horrible illness, as she had always been a very active person.
I nursed her up to palliative care and sadly lost her in April of that year.
I wanted to do something in Joan's Memory so I started selling copies of my songs and donating the money to Cancer Research UK in her name.
I then had an idea to start a charity for Children with Cancer keeping Joans memory alive through music.
I had sold a few copies of my songs, but it wasn't enough, so I opened a twitter account and sent out a request for singers, songwriters and bands to donate a song for the charity.
I was overwhelmed with the response I got from artists world wide.
I chose childrens cancer because I think they are so brave with what they go through day to day.
With this charity I hope very much to raise awareness and funds for these horrible illnesses.
I am so very grateful to the artists who have donated their songs to the charity as without them this would not have been so successful.
Just recently in 2018 I was diagnosed with Parkinson's, and although this has slowed me down, I will continue with my charity work with your help and support.
I would like to thank you all for your kind words, music, friendship and support. Thank you so very much. As well as running the website I also do regular bucket collections at my local Wyevale Garden Centre, Dedworth Road, Windsor.
They have been fantastic in their support for the charity.
My special thanks to Stewart and Dan for allowing me to do the collections.
Wyevale's customers have been great and I can't speak highly enough about them for their support and kind words of encouragement.
The only deduction from the charity is PayPal money handling service.
We have so far raised £10,220.84 and have over 200 songs that have been donated to the charity.
Thank you again all the artists who have donated songs and all the people who follow and support the charity.
If you would like to contact me with any questions or ideas you have about the charity I would love to hear from you.