Press Release: Queen legend Brian May meets local man, Mal Wood


Brian met guitarist/songwriter, Mal Wood, who is a cancer suffer and raising money for charity through his songs. Please support his CD, available from Blythe House Hospice

Brian May and Mal Wood
Brian May and Mal Wood


Queen Legend Brian May meets local man Mal Wood

Legendary Queen Guitarist Brian May met local man Mal Wood before his concert at the Buxton Opera House last week.

Brian spotted articles on Mal Wood, who is hoping sales of his CD ‘Reaching Out’ will raise plenty of cash for Blythe House Hospice in Chapel-en-le-Frith.  He tweeted his support of Mal and the pair met before the concert, where Brian spoke to Mal about his music and signed his trusty guitar.

Mal said: “Meeting Brian was a very moving experience enhanced by a magical hug.”

Lucy Marsden, Fundraising Manager at Blythe House said: ‘We were absolutely thrilled that Mal met Brian May.  It really was like a dream come true for Mal.  On behalf of Blythe House, we would like to thank Brian and all the people who made this possible and of course to Mal who is so supportive of the Hospice with his music.’

After being diagnosed with cancer eight months ago, Mal attends Blythe House Hospice weekly, where he meets with others affected by cancer or life-threatening illness at ‘living well’ support services. To thank Blythe House Hospice for their support, Mal has been raising money by composing music and selling CDs to fundraise for the Hospice.  The CDs priced at £5 are available at Blythe House Hospice Reception.

About Blythe House Hospice WEBSITE: Blythe House Hospice adds quality to life by providing the highest levels of care for people affected by cancer and certain other life-threatening illnesses and supports those who are bereaved. 90% of hospice care in the UK is provided through day care and at home services. In 2013 over 1,000 people used the services provided by Blythe House.  The Living Well Service uses a holistic approach based on a survivorship model and over two thirds of our clients enjoy a return to improved health, whilst others are supported with quality end-of-life care.

All our services are cost free to our clients and their carers and families but they are not cost free to provide. Our current costs are £650,000 per year and we currently receive just 27% of the money we need from the government.


25 Feb 2014

Mal Wood, 66, received a phone call telling him Queen guitarist Brian May wanted to meet him before a gig at Buxton Opera House

A Disley man suffering from cancer met his guitar hero after writing a charity tune to help others. Mal Wood, 66, received a phone call telling him Queen guitarist Brian May wanted to meet him. May, also 66, tweeted a link to an article on our website in January, which told of Mal’s hopes to raise cash for Blythe House Hospice in Chapel-en-le-Frith through sales of his song, Reaching Out.

After being diagnosed with colon cancer last year, Mal picked up his trusty guitar to write tunes about his experiences. He goes to Blythe House Hospice weekly, meeting with others suffering from cancer at a support group. Mal, who has played for music for more than 30 years, bought tickets to see May in concert at Buxton Opera House.

The grandad-of-one said: “I had to pause for a second when I was told he wanted to meet me. I was picked up and was walking through the corridors when I just saw his massive hair. It didn’t seem real, it was unbelievable. He gave me a hug – it was like nothing I’ve ever experienced, it was so intense. There was something electric about it. He was so compassionate.”

May signed Mal’s guitar and even asked him to strum a few notes.