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FIRST RECORD OF CHOIR INSPIRED BY TRAGIC IAIN; Hospice volunteers and staff began performing thanks to his idea... but he died before he got to hear their first single.

Byline: Helen Thomas NEWS REPORTER

A CHOIR of staff and volunteers from The Myton Hospices is working on a new recording after a successful first single.

More than 450 copies of the choir's song Fly Butterfly have been snapped up since it was released earlier this year.

The choir was formed last summer after the idea was suggested by a former patient Iain Nason.

The 30-year-old father-of-two was a regular patient at the charity's Coventry hospice and enjoyed listening to the nurses who would sing while carrying out their work.

He suggested they form a choir and a group of doctors, nurses, facilities staff and volunteers took his idea on board and recorded a song in October. Sadly, Iain died in September last year and never got to hear the recording of the choir's first single.

Nason, His sister Zoe Hinks said: "Myton is a very special place and they are all like family. I know that if Iain was here he would love it in the same way I do and have it playing on repeat.

"It is a lovely song and sums up Myton in a nutshell."

The group of singers worked with choir master Andy Guthrie to perfect the song, which was especially written for the charity, inspired by its butterfly logo. The final version of the song, penned by Barry Hall, was recorded at Warwickshire College, in Leamington. Nurse Anita Berry is one of the choir's founding members. She said: "The idea for the song came from a patient who is no longer with us.

who died last year, aged 30 "Singing on the wards takes patients' minds off what is going on that day and they find it quite uplifting."

The choir also performed Fly Butterfly at the charity's Warwick and Coventry Light up a Life in memory carol services in December.

The CD costs PS3 and is available from the charity's hospices and 18 charity shops.

The choir is now working on a new single.

Myton Hospices has three hospices, in Warwick, Coventry and Rugby, and needs to raise PS7.2million a year to keep its services running.

To find out more visit INSPIRATION: Iain Nason, who died last year, aged 30 SINGING IAIN'S PRAISES: Members of the Myton Hospice choir, who have sold 450 copies of their first single
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Date:Apr 20, 2013
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