Song for Katy Holmes written and recorded by her little sister

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Caring Charley Holmes has written and recorded a song in memory of her sister Katy, who lost her fight against an inoperable brain tumour.

The song, ‘By Your Side’ is now available to buy online.

Sisters: Charley Holmes with her mum, dad and sister Scarlet, and below with Katy

Sisters: Charley Holmes with her mum, dad and sister Scarlet, and below with Katy

Charley, 10, of Margaret Road, Penwortham, near Preston, wrote the song after she started attending Step Into Music in Leyland.

The creative youngster, who also has a baby sister Scarlet, was devastated when her 10-year-old Katy was suddenly diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Charley insisted on helping out with all of Katy’s needs and her family say her cheerfulness, love and attention made a massive difference before Katy’s death in January 2012.

Charley loves to sing and play instruments and started going to session at Step into Music last year.

Charley and Katy Holmes pictured in 2010

Charley and Katy Holmes pictured in 2010

She wrote the song when she was on her third week and it was recorded just before Christmas.

Mum Paula recalls the moment the family first listened to the song: “We put it on. Then we played it again. Then we put it on repeat. Dave and I just fell apart. Charley has written down her innermost deepest thoughts and turned it into a story.

“Kris [Johnson] and his team have then worked with her and helped her to make it into a beautiful song that anyone can relate to.

“Charley doesn’t always get involved in anything we do or in any media reports unless she wants to.

“We never expect her to do anything and always let her lead us. This was all her doing though. She chose to write her feelings down. She chose to turn it into a song. She chose to record it. We’re so proud of Charley. This is massive for her. Katy will be beaming.

“Charley said she feels like she is doing something very special to honour her sister and make her proud in a way she feels is the most loving.

“She also said it will help other children who have lost someone understand that they are not alone.”

Proceeds from the song, which is available on iTunes and Google Play, will go to the Katy Holmes Trust.