Powerful tunes to tackle cancer

Phil Brunkard, centre, pictured with Huddersfield University graduates,  Lewis Wright, left, and Sebastian Lehmann, right
Phil Brunkard, centre, pictured with Huddersfield University graduates, Lewis Wright, left, and Sebastian Lehmann, right

A Halifax worker has hit the right note with tuneful employees in a bid to tackle cancer.

BT employee Phil Brunkard, 49, has produced a 34-track music album with the help of colleagues and friends in aid of World Cancer Research Fund.

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

“Four of the contributors have suffered from cancer and others have lost family to the disease - cancer affects everyone.”

Sounds of Strangers’ album features rock, pop, jazz and classical compilations including two songs about personal experiences of living with cancer from new bands to musicians who started out back in the 1980s.

Music graduates from Huddersfield University and a mental health charity collaborated with Phil on a song about climbing Kilimanjaro.

In February next year Phil plans to climb the world’s highest free-standing mountain at 5,895-metres tall.

Phil said: “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, see soundsofstrangers.bandcamp.com or to donate see mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/getphilupthehill