Mum seeks singer to perform song in memory of her son

Grieving mum calls for action on vCJD REP: CL''CAPTION: Andrew with Christine on holiday in New York.''Christine Lord will be petitioning the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street today (Dec 18th 2008) on the anniversary of her son's death from Variant CJD. Andy Black was 24 when he died in December 2007, six months after being diagnosed with the human form of BSE.''PICTURE: mschristinelord@aol.com
Grieving mum calls for action on vCJD REP: CL''CAPTION: Andrew with Christine on holiday in New York.''Christine Lord will be petitioning the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street today (Dec 18th 2008) on the anniversary of her son's death from Variant CJD. Andy Black was 24 when he died in December 2007, six months after being diagnosed with the human form of BSE.''PICTURE: mschristinelord@aol.com
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CAMPAIGNING mum Christine Lord is looking for a singer to help in her fight to get answers over the death of her son.

She has turned to music four years after Andrew Black, 24, died after contracting the human strain of mad cow disease.

The track, called Justice For Andy, aims to raise awareness of the dangers of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD).

Mrs Lord, of Wilton Terrace, Southsea, is appealing for a band or singer to come forward and provide vocals for the track.

The 54-year-old said: ‘Even now people are still dying because of vCJD.

‘‘The lyrics to the song are very powerful and include a line about how Andrew asked me to find out who did this and make sure it doesn’t happen again. What happened to my Andrew can happen to anyone.

‘In a matter of six months he was blind, deaf and quadriplegic. We don’t want to see this happen again.’

A demonstration will be held on November 12 to mark International CJD Awareness Day.

It is hoped whoever is picked to sing the track will be able to perform it at the event in central London.

The song was written by lyricist Roger Carter, and includes the lines: ‘They denied him his future and put out his fire.

‘His young dreams ended by the cheats and the liars.’

Mr Carter, of Sussex Road, Southsea, said he decided to write a song after hearing Mrs Lord give a public speech on the disease.

He said: ‘About two or three years ago I heard Christine talking about the disease and Andrew on Southsea Common.

‘When I got back to my place I thought about the campaign and thought maybe a song would help raise awareness.

‘I got inspiration from Christine’s journey so far, Andrew’s personal story and the problem as a whole.’

The music for the song has been composed by American artist Mike Reeves.

Mrs Lord launched website justice4andy.com, which is asking for routine blood screening of the condition to be carried out across the country.

This is to ensure vCJD is not passed on to people through blood transfusions.

It also includes information about the condition and a list of victims.

Anyone who is interested in providing vocals for the song is asked to visit the website for more information or to email mschristinelord@aol.com.