Chiswick Cancer survivor brings together famous voices for story telling fundraiser

Image above: Brad Shaw at The Royal Marsden Cancer Hospital

Audiobook challenge to raise money for Cancer Research UK

Brad Shaw, a three-time cancer survivor and Chiswick resident, is spearheading an initiative to raise funds for Cancer Research UK through an audiobook recording of Alice Through The Looking Glass.

A voice actor himself, and the founder of ‘Wonderland VO’, Brad is trying to get 175 voice actors to record a minute each of Alice Through the Looking Glass. He has rallied support from well-known voice actors, including fellow Chiswick resident Phyllis Logan, famed for her role as Mrs Hughes in Downton Abbey.

Brad has a personal connection to the cause, having battled stage three melanoma and prostate cancer, as well as a recent recurrence of melanoma requiring surgery at The Royal Marsden Cancer Hospital. Undeterred, or perhaps spurred on by his health challenges, he has already raised £4,660, primarily from the contributions of participating voice actors and has now upped his goal to £10,000.

For ‘The Wonderland Challenge 2’ he has divided Alice Through The Looking Glass into 175 one-minute segments, each to be recorded by a different actor, with the idea that each would donate at least £10 to Cancer Research UK. Originally his target was to raise £2,000, which he has already more than doubled.

Brad, who successfully orchestrated the Wonderland Challenge during the first lockdown, aims to release the audiobook as a podcast starting on 6 December. Subsequent chapters will follow every two days, with the final three short chapters released together just before Christmas.

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