Grieving son records musical tribute to dad

AKS pupil Rory Humphries has recorded an album to raise money for a prostate cancer charity after his father died of the disease.'Rory in the school's recording studio.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'20-3-2015

AKS pupil Rory Humphries has recorded an album to raise money for a prostate cancer charity after his father died of the disease.'Rory in the school's recording studio. PIC BY ROB LOCK'20-3-2015

  • The late Carl Humphries raised thousands for charity despite having cancer
  • Now his youngest son is continuing his legacy by raising more cash
  • The talented musician has recorded his own album, with proceeds going to Prostate Cancer UK
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The son of a well-respected medic who fought a long battle with cancer has written, recorded and released an album to fund raise in his memory.

Carl Humphries died in July last year, just months after winning the Judges Award at the Best Of Health Awards, having proved an inspiration through his determination to support charities while suffering with the disease.

He had been diagnosed with prostate cancer in early 2013 while training to run the London Marathon in aid of the charity which saved his wife’s life when she also had cancer.

Now his youngest son, 18-year-old Rory, is continuing his legacy, raising money through sales of his self-penned album, Flowers At The Door, written in his late father’s memory.

The teen, an Upper Sixth pupil at AKS Sixth Form, Lytham, has used his musical gift to deal with his grief.

He said: “Writing music was good for me, I knew it was something he’d be proud of me doing. Two of the songs are about dad.

“It’s been a project for me, every step has been working towards something, getting money for the charity, it’s made me feel a bit better.”

The late Mr Humphries, who worked as a consultant cardiothoracic anaesthetist at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, died on July 9, 2014, aged 51, at his home in Lytham.

Now the album, featuring five original songs, has been released in his memory, available to buy for £5 a copy, with all proceeds to go to Prostate Cancer UK, so far raising more than £500.

In the 18 months the father-of-two battled the aggressive cancer, he raised £15,000 for charities.

He had initially set out to raise funds for the Anthony Nolan Trust, after his wife, Diana de Bruyne, 50, was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2002 and underwent a bone marrow transplant.

But when he had his own heartbreaking diagnosis, he decided to help the prostate cancer charity too.

Rory said: “He didn’t let it get in his way, he was dedicated to running and raising money for charities.

“When he was too poorly to do the London Marathon last year my brother did it and that kept dad strong.”

A Just Giving page set up in the medic’s honour has raised a further £5,000, and Rory, his brother Ali, 21, and their auntie Lisa ran the Great North Run to fund raise last summer.

Rory hopes to raise hundreds more to help other families dealing with cancer.

He added: “It’s really good to continue raising money, it’s a responsibility but it’s therapeutic too.”

The teen has been helped to record and master the album by staff in the school’s music department, who said they are full of admiration for his courage in recent months.

And he has performed the tracks live too, earning a standing ovation at an AKS Unplugged event.

Daniel Chandler, director of music at the school, said: “Rory is a gifted musician.

“It has been a pleasure to witness his musical progress over the years, and his new album contains powerful lyrics.

“The audience’s reaction to the live performance of his album can only be described as being overwhelming.”

To hear Rory’s music, search ‘Rory Humphries music’ on soundcloud.com

And to purchase an album, contact AKS School on (01253) 784100.