Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

These Children Gave Me Purpose When I Was at My Lowest

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

These Children Gave Me Purpose When I Was at My Lowest

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INSPIRATIONAL singing teacher Sue Capes-Bunnett is crediting superstar kids from her choir with making life after cancer great again.

Vocal coach and choir mistress "Singing Sue" is "blowing a big fat raspberry" at the breast cancer which devastated her life in 2009, with a new venture that is finally making her heart leap for all the right reasons.

The normally upbeat mum of twin boys George and Oliver, seven, openly admits to having felt down and depressed and suffering anxiety attacks after her battle with breast cancer, which saw her undergo gruelling chemotherapy treatment and lose her lovely locks throughout 2009.

However, the success of her "wonderful" choir Singing Sue's Vocal Academy - SSVA for short - has gifted her with new-found enthusiasm and a new lease of life, especially after they won eight out of 12 available trophies in their first ever competition.

Billingham mum Sue, 41, whose choir members are aged from five to 16, said: "I'm just ecstatic now. All credit to the kids.

"They know they keep me going and they have got that respect.

"I thank them every week for keeping me going and they make it all worthwhile. It's just incredible to see them all growing as singers."

Sue married Paul in August 2008, months before being diagnosed with cancer. She still has to take Tamoxifen - a hormone pill treatment which helps prevent cancer from returning - every day and sometimes suffers anxiety.

But her outlook on life is now much more positive - thanks to the choir she set up in November 2010 and her work as a one-to-one vocal coach to both amateur and professional singers.

Sue said: "I finished my last treatment in December 2009.

"A whole year of my life had been spent in and out of hospital, then it took me about a year to bring myself back to some sort of normality. …

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