Friends record charity song in memory of Alfreton teen Keeley Wardley

A SONG-WRITER and her friends have recorded a charity song for an Alfreton woman who died after battling a rare nervous system disease and leukaemia.

Jenna Rhodes wrote and recorded Diamonds Never Fade to raise money for children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent and blood cancer charity The Anthony Nolan Trust with friend Adam Thompson and cousin Ronny Stoppard in memory of friend, Keeley Wardley.

Keeley was just 17 when she became seriously ill with rare nervous system disease Guillain-Barre syndrome in February last year and was diagnosed with leukaemia nine months later.

Jenna (24), of Alfreton, was in New Zealand when she discovered her friend had lost her battle with illness.

She said: “I wrote the song about her still being in our hearts and still around forever. It has a good beat and it is nice and lively and making lots of people smile. A lot of people have said it is quite folky and country.”

The song, which features Jenna’s friend Adam on guitar and her cousin Ronny on vocals, was recorded at a Nottingham studio and will be performed live during a fundraiser in November.

The day will also feature a raffle with a Derby County shirt up for grabs.

Said Jenna: “I cannot wait for everybody to hear Ronny sing it live. Keeley liked to go out and party and one of her friends was a DJ so he is going to put some drum and bass to it for the clubs.”

So far, the friends have sold 400 CDs and are saving the last 100 for the fundraiser.

Jenna said she and Keeley had known each other since they were young girls growing up in South Normanton.

“I went travelling when I was 19 and had not seen her for three years. I used to go to a place called Taylor Dam on the South Island which she would have loved because it was covered in roses. I mention it in the song.”

Diamonds Never Fade is available on ITunes and all proceeds will go to CLIC Sargent and The Anthony Nolan Trust.

To listen to the sing, visit http://www.facebook.com/groups/keeleywardley/.