A singer who was told he may never speak again will release a charity single on the anniversary of the day he had cancer surgery.
Father-of-five Ray Coates, 48, who lives in Mount Street, Aylesbury could not speak, and lost his ability to taste for almost a year when he underwent treatment for cancer of the tonsils and lymph nodes.
After getting the all-clear Ray had lost a lot of confidence, and his voice had changed.
But it was attending open mic events around the Vale, organised by his friend Glyn Devey, that inspired him to start writing again, and compose his inspirational single The Voice Within.
Ray, who performed the song at a Cancer awareness event at The Black Horse pub in Great Missenden at the weekend, said: “The production is now finished and the next step is to complete the video.
“I’m just trying to use what I’ve got to help other people.
“It’s about connecting, it is incredible what has happened so far and it has given me so much confidence.”
Ray’s single, which will raise money for cancer Research is being released on May 10, exactly six years since his major cancer surgery.
To find out more type in Voice For Cancer on Facebook, or use the search word Ray Coates on Youtube to see a video of him in action.