A WIGAN musician will hear his song written to celebrate the bravery of a seriously ill little boy played for thousands of rugby fans this weekend.
Paul Southward’s track Little Warrior, which was penned for the appeal raising funds to help Braiden-Lee Prescott in his battle against the rare and aggressive cancer neuroblastoma, will be played over the public address system at the DW Stadium before Wigan Warriors take on the Widnes Vikings in the Super League on Saturday evening.
Rugby league fans attending the game will also hear a brief explanation of the meaning behind the song and be encouraged to donate to the appeal.
The link with the Warriors came about after Paul, from Pemberton, spoke to Wigan captain Sean O’Loughlin, who dropped in to The Lounge Studios to lend support while the song was being recorded, and the loose forward agreed to help ensure the track made it on to the pre-match playlist.
Paul, 32, said: “The Warriors have been absolutely brilliant, they said they’d do anything they can for us. I think it’s getting a mention on the club’s website too.
“I’m really looking forward to hearing it before the match because I’ve not been to the rugby for quite a while. I’m going to the game with our keyboardist Marc who’s a big Warriors fan.
“I’m just hoping it will boost sales of the song and raise as much money as possible to give to Braiden-Lee’s family for his treatment.”
The group, consisting of guitarist Paul,keyboardist Marc Hope, vocalist Nick Dickinson, bassist Danny Caulwell and guitarist John Roberts, have now seen their song released through leading online music retailers, and can also be purchased as a download.
Paul is also planning a fund-raising festival this summer to help Braiden-Lee, whose family are currently weighing up their options after an expensive course of treatment in America failed.
Little Warrior is available as an audio download, priced 79p, or in CD format. A DVD is also available via links on the Braiden-Lee Prescott Appeal’s Facebook page.