EVERY mum wants to be celebrated on Mother’s Day and Rob Dowling and his siblings are determined to make this the best one yet - even though their own mum can’t be with them, writes Nik Brear.
Sheffield musician Rob and his sisters Jacqui and Pat lost their mum Dorothy last October following a long battle with Parkison’s disease.
Rather than spend their first Mother’s Day without her feeling sad, they decided to honour her memory by releasing an album of songs for charity.
‘In the Arms of Angels’ features 18 tracks donated to the family by artists such as Ian Britt, Steve Edwards and Chickenshed.
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“My mum was an incredible woman and we wanted to do something special for her on the first Mother’s Day she’s been gone,” Rob, aged 51, explained.
“She loved music and came to all of my gigs when I used to play in bands - even though she was deaf. She always said she could ‘feel’ the music.”
Rob and his sisters are planning to donate all the proceeds to St Luke’s Hospice in Dorothy’s memory.
“My sister Theresa was cared for at St Luke’s before she died of cancer six years ago,” explained Rob, of Ironside Road.
“My mum was a big supporter of the place and she would have wanted the money to go there.”
The artwork for the album was designed by Rob’s sister Jacqui and all three siblings have been working hard to promote it.
The CD is on sale at all St Luke’s Hospice shops and The Airy Fairy Cafe on London Road. It will also be available through ITunes, Ebay and Amazon from next month.