TALENTED Taylor Bellerby has honoured the memory of her beloved dad in song.
The 10-year-old has recorded a charity single as a tribute to her father Ian, who died on August 17, just four months after being diagnosed with skin cancer.
Ian, 34, of Donkins Street, Boldon Colliery, found a mole on his leg, but when he visited the doctor the disease had already spread. Within weeks, it was so advanced that it became irreversible.
Now Taylor has set her heart on raising money for charity Cancer Connections and has already racked up £500 after selling 100 copies of her CD.
The songs she chose to record were Adele’s version of the Bob Dylan song Make You Feel My Love and I Miss You, by Miley Cyrus, which was written by the American star in memory of her grandfather.
Taylor said: “I used to sing for my daddy all the time and it made us both happy. I chose these songs because they meant a lot to me and my dad.
“Everyone loves my CD and I know if my dad was here he’d love it too.”
On Thursday, Taylor performed her songs for a packed room at Cancer Connections in South Shields.
Mum Vicki Pollard, 29, said: “I’m really proud of her, I don’t know how she does it. Making the CD has really helped her, it’s been part of her therapy.
“She’s giving something back to Cancer Connections and singing songs that meant something to her and her dad, and it’s just beautiful - I’m so proud of her.
“Her dream is to give one of her CDs to Joe McElderry, she just loves him. When he was signing copies of his first album in Asda we waited in line for hours so she could meet him and she was so happy.
“Taylor knows that Joe has done a lot of work with Cancer Connections and says that she’d love him to have one of her CDs.”
Debra Roberts, co-founding member of Cancer Connections, said: “It’s just been an absolute pleasure working with Taylor.
“It’s been great having her in here and even though she’s been through so much herself she’s still interested in helping others, and that’s so special.”
Ian, was married to Cherie, 29, and was also dad to five-month-old Mollie.
Taylor’s CD is available for £5. Anyone who would like to buy one can call Vicki on 07772 299455.
Sidebar: Lyrics to I Miss You
I Miss You
You used to call me your angel
Said I was sent straight down from heaven
You’d hold me close in your arms
I loved the way you felt so strong
I never wanted you to leave
I wanted you to stay here holding me
I miss you
I miss your smile
And I still shed a tear
Every once in a while
And even though it’s different now
You’re still here somehow
My heart won’t let you go
And I need you to know
I miss you
You used to call me your dreamer
And now I’m living out my dream
Oh how I wish you could see
Everything that’s happening for me
I’m thinking back on the past
It’s true that time is flying by too fast
I know you’re in a better place
But I wish that I could see your face
I know you’re where you need to be
Even though it’s not here with me