Steve Paxton of Nuneaton and Nigel Hammond of Milton Keynes are both fathers of children with type 1 diabetes. They have composed a song, Innocent Eyes, which will be released on CD and as a download to coincide with World Diabetes Day on 14 November to raise money for JDRF.
Steve's children Francesca, nine, and Jacob, seven, were diagnosed with type 1 diabetes aged six and five. Steve wanted to use his lifelong interest in the music business to write these meaningful lyrics about a father’s perspective of having a child with type 1, and Nigel developed the accompanying music.
'I have two children with type 1 diabetes, and am naturally keen to raise money for JDRF. We started this project as a result of a video that some mothers of type 1 children have made reciting a poem called 'A Mother’s Anthem'. Someone asked if there was a father’s version and if not, suggested that one of the dads might like to take up the challenge. I used to write lyrics and decided to put my skills to use, and once I’d finished I thought that it could be taken one stage further and be developed into a song. I was then put in touch with Nigel, who writes music in his spare time, and ‘Innocent Eyes’ was the result. We’re delighted with it and really hope that people will buy the track to help us raise as much money as possible to support research into type 1 diabetes.'
The duo plan to release Innocent Eyes on CD and as a download. The video is currently being produced and vocals being laid down. The project is on track to launch on World Diabetes Day, 14 November.
Hannah Gripton, Fundraiser for the Midlands said:
'We are really grateful to Steve and Nigel for their thoughtful fundraising activity. The song is a personal message that reflects Steve’s story and we know many people will be able to relate to this. There are 29,000 children living with type 1 diabetes and JDRF is determined to find the cure.'