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Cardiff University students create tribute track for friend Lily Arkwright

By Danielle Herbert

Reaching over 18,000 streams 'For Lily' has helped to raise £2684 for PAPYRUS, Prevention of Young Suicide.

Matty Bengtsson, Cameron Butler, and Jack Daisley who studied at Cardiff University with Lily hope to spread the message of mental health "wide and far" through their Sound Cloud song.

Lily's course mate, Jack Daisley described her as "such a passionate person."

Describing the recording process as "a collaborative effort" the three boys explained how the track came to fruition.

Cameron said, "Matty and Jack produced the beat and I provided the vocals and the lyrics."

Jack added, “I only started mixing and producing during the lockdown.

“I was just messing around but then I was like you know what I’m going to give this a go for real.

"We don't have much experience with music I think we all had our own strengths which really complimented each other.”

Speaking on their hopes for the tribute track, Cameron said, “I hope someone who is struggling with their mental health listens and resonates with it.

“I want people to know they are not alone.

“Even if just one person benefits from it then we have done what we set out to achieve.

Matty added, “We wanted to do Lily and her memory justice.

“She was one of the best people I have ever met.”

The boys agreed that they have been able to find closure through producing the tribute track.

Matty said, “There was a lot I wanted to say.

“I think the song allowed us to say goodbye."

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  • Samaritans operates a 24-hour service available every day of the year, by calling 116 123. If you prefer to write down how you’re feeling, or if you’re worried about being overheard on the phone, you can email Samaritans at jo@samaritans.org

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