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Cancer sufferer scores chart hit
Maxine Edgington and Billy Bragg
Maxine Edgington and Billy Bragg worked together on the song
A mother who is fighting cancer has made it into the pop charts with a song dedicated to her daughter.

Maxine Edgington, 47, from Portland in Dorset, wrote We Laughed with Billy Bragg, to celebrate her relationship with her daughter Jessica, 16.

Mr Bragg said that Ms Edgington, who is undergoing chemotherapy, is delighted at the news it charted at number 11.

The money raised from the single will go to the Trimar Hospice in Weymouth and cancer charity Rosetta Life.

The centre and charity work together to offer palliative care for cancer sufferers.

I don't know how long I've got but I want to write a song
What Maxine said to Billy Bragg

It was at a song writing workshop organised by Rosetta Life that Mr Bragg met the single mother.

He said she showed him a picture of her with her daughter and said: "I don't know how long I've got but I want to write a song about this photograph."

Having been told she only had six months to live in November 2004 she put all her energies into writing the song.

Mr Bragg told the BBC: "She thought it was great - the wonderful thing about Maxine is that because she doesn't have any experience in the music industry she thinks this happens to everyone.

"The single went in below the likes of Eurythmics and Texas, they've spent huge amounts of money, we're just working on goodwill and word of mouth which is incredible."

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