Soap star Amy Nuttall has recreated a song to help with her grief which she played to her mum in the final days before she died.

The song is a tribute to her mum, Elaine, who tragically died from a brain tumour.

After losing her mum to a glioblastoma brain tumour last October, the Blackburn-born former Emmerdale actress teamed up with the Brain Tumour Charity to raise vital awareness.

As part of this, Amy released the song, ‘Thank You Mother’, last Sunday, on Mother’s Day.

‘Thank You Mother’ was written by an Irish songwriter called John Hurley and Amy was first introduced to the song in her early twenties, when she was asked to perform it for Gloria Hunniford. 

The song is a tribute to her mother after Amy, who attended Bury Grammar School, became her full-time carer alongside her sister and dad.

The Bolton News: Amy and her mum ElaineAmy and her mum Elaine (Image: NQ)The track has huge significance to Amy and her family as they played it to her mum in her final days.  

Elaine was a familiar face to many theatregoers having appeared in many productions in Bolton and across Lancashire.

Elaine lived in Tonge Moor, Horwich and Lostock, before moving with her family to Hoghton near Preston.

She died on October 30 at the age of 68 and Amy decided to release the song as a way to “do something that would help” with her grief.

Elaine had performed with Marco Players, Phoenix TheatreFarnworth Little TheatreFarnworth Performing Arts, and more - with her daughter Amy following in her footsteps to become a professional actress.

Those who knew her described her as a ‘kind’, ‘talented’, and ‘wonderful’ person, who was a friend to many.

The Bolton News: Elaine NuttallElaine Nuttall (Image: NQ)Elaine was also an established artist, and helped raise funds for The Octagon Theatre during lockdown, where her daughter has also performed.

She donated hundreds of pounds to support theatres during the pandemic through the sale of her paintings.

Amy, well-known for her role in the hit television series, Downton Abbey, will be performing ‘Thank You Mother’ at the Smiley Charity Film Awards in London on March 20. 

The Smiley Charity Film Awards is a ceremony celebrating the success of film in fundraising, encouraging donations for all registered charities, and increasing the exposure of charity films.

A spokesperson for The Brain Tumour Charity said: "We are delighted to have Amy Nuttall perform her new song in memory of her mother and supporting The Brain Tumour Charity.

"The Smiley Charity Film Awards provides a powerful platform for UK and international charities to expand their reach as well as recognising and celebrating their outstanding contributions through film.

"Amy’s upcoming performance of her new song embodies the spirit of the awards perfectly."

Thank You Mother’ is now available on Spotify, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube and more.

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