Former soldier Rob Munday's daughters add their voices to fundraising music album
THE teenage daughters of a former soldier have added their voices to their dad's fund-raising album.
Gulf War veteran Rob Munday is a member of the Yorkshire Warriors choir, which releases its debut album next week.
The choir is made up of ex-soldiers from the 1st Battalion, Prince of Wales's Own Regiment of Yorkshire, and all proceeds from the album will go to the Yorkshire Regiment Benevolent Fund.
Rob's daughters Hollie and Shannon agreed to recite a poem to be featured on the album which also includes songs such as Blue Moon, Halfway to Paradise and Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow.
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Rob, who served in the Army between 1986 and 2000, says he and his friends came up with the idea for the choir as a way of helping soldiers' families.
The 46-year-old security guard, of Uplands Road, Abbey Hulton, said: "The regiment's benevolent fund was in real need of a cash injection. After the brother of a soldier who died went to a loan shark because he couldn't afford to bury him, we decided we had to do something.
"We saw what the Military Wives had done with their album last year, and we thought we could something like that. None of us had done any singing before, so at first it was a bit embarrassing.
"But then I thought of all those young lads who have died while serving, and I knew we had to do this for them."
Rob served on tours of duty in Northern Ireland and Bosnia and took part in Operation Desert Storm.
What he witnessed in Bosnia brought on post-traumatic stress disorder which was diagnosed after he left the Army in 2000.
Rob's daughters, who were toddlers when their dad left the Army, were only too happy to get involved in the album.
The poem, My Dad's a Soldier, describes what it is like for a soldier's child while their father is on active service.
Shannon and Hollie, who both attend Birches Head High School, went to Hull to record their recital.
Hollie, aged 15, said: "The first time I read the poem it made me cry because it talks about children not seeing their dads again because they've been killed."
Shannon, aged 14, said: "I think it was a brilliant idea to make an album to raise money for the soldiers' families. I've heard our recording and some of the songs, and it sounds really good.
"I was a bit nervous when we went to record the poem. But it was really interesting."
The Yorkshire Regiment Benevolent Fund provides support for the families of soldiers who have been injured or killed in the line of duty. For a copy of the album, visit www.facebook.com/yorks.choir