Help Jackie make a record of memories

Culminating her 30 year music career, Jackie Storrar was  inducted into the British Country Music Hall of Fame
Culminating her 30 year music career, Jackie Storrar was inducted into the British Country Music Hall of Fame

Uncertain about how much time she has left to live country music star Jackie Storrar wants to leave a musical - and charitable - legacy before she dies.

After surviving a cancer diagnosis six years ago Jackie was hit in December 2013 with the news that not only had the cancer come back but it was not responding to treatment.

“I never associate being lucky with cancer and have never before put them together but I am lucky that I have had time to get used to the idea and time to do things,” she said.

One of her stand out memories is getting a number one single in the UK country chart with her cover of Motorhead’s Ace of Spades.

“The news of Motorhead frontman Lemmy’s death to cancer just three days after being diagnosed brought it home to me that there is a lot of people who don’t get the chance to make the most of what is left of their life.

Jackie, who prides herself on living life to the full, even before cancer struck, admits that her professional career is over but wants to give her music legacy one last shot.

Jackie Storrar and husband Steve Thiebault

Jackie Storrar and husband Steve Thiebault

Together with husband Steve Thiebault, Jackie wants to give back to Maggie’s Fife who have been a source of support and respite for both of them during her illness.

“Giving the proceeds of the charity album to Maggie’s Fife is important to me as they been so good to me and Steve in the six years since i was diagnosed,” explained Jackie. “I see first hand what a special place it is, not only special to me but to a lot of Fifers.”

Both Jackie and Steve have had to give up working and are therefore putting out a heartfelt plea for help.

“I could set up a little microphone in my bedroom,” Jackie joked. “But I wouldn’t be happy with it - if something’s worth doing it’s worth doing well, which takes a bit of money. We need a studio, then we need musicians!”

We want to make memories from an album full of songs...

Jackie Storrar

With news of the proposed album released on Monday Jackie has already been inundated with requests to help with donations.

“I really think this is possible,” she said. “We want to go in there and make memories from an album full of songs that have meant something to me and other people.”

Bravely facing the reality of her situation Jackie also wants the record to be a joint effort between her the love of her life.

“Steve has been by my side for 15 years as we worked together on all sorts of projects. I want him to have something to remember me by and the times we had together, making it.

“At the moment people are hearing about our plans and want to help but they don’t know how. Once we have a crowdfund website set up for donations, it will help channel the money.

“Once we have enough we can approach a studio and take it from there.”