MIA Member Ashdown Music have been doing some excellent work to support a new project called ‘Help our NHS’…
Help Our NHS is a new project launched by Liam Gallagher’s tour manager Ben Pomphrett that aims to benefit frontline NHS staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. The organisation looks to show their appreciation to the people in healthcare who are making huge sacrifices during this challenging time, by helping to provide them with both treats and essential items.
Ben got in touch asking if we would like to be involved and we of course jumped at the chance sending the first pre-production Geezer Butler Head Of Doom(Hand signed by Geezer) and are proud to be helping our NHS in any way possible!
‘That’s us all wrapped up with the raffle, having raised a grand total of just over £160,000 – mega thanks to each and every one of you for the part you’ve played in raising this amazing sum of money for the project. Currently working through supply details to get care package contents ordered, delivered, packaged and distributed ASAP, hopefully within the next 7-10 days.’
So far, Help Our NHS has donated hand-creams, sandwiches, toiletries, drinks, sweets and cakes to staff. They’ve also partnered with food distributors and various other suppliers to dispatch donations to intensive care units. The project has initially been launched in Scotland and is set to expand across the UK imminently.
The NHS Fest website also offers two further methods for fans to support the initiative. A range of festival-style merch is available for those who want to show their support in a tangible way, while a crowdfunding option provides an easy way for people to donate a little extra.
Pomphrett commented, “The idea for the project mainly stems from having a partner who works in intensive care. With an understanding of how busy they can be in normal times, and the challenges they’re about to face, it just seemed like something worth doing. Since I work as a tour manager, and the music industry now on pause for the foreseeable, it’s a way for me to put my free time to good use, and hopefully do something beneficial. Partnering with The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice has transformed this project from an idea to a reality, and will also help with their day-to-day operations which include treating patients affected by Covid-19, which isn’t necessarily obvious when thinking about frontline staff.”
Rhona Baillie, Chief Executive of The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice, commented: “We are absolutely delighted to be working with Ben to allow this amazing idea to become a reality. We want to do whatever we can to help support our NHS colleagues during this difficult time. All money raised from this raffle will go towards the NHS and we are also delighted that the hospice will receive a small donation too.”
Highlights of the prizes included:
Ashdown Engineering: The very first pre production signed Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath) Head of Doom 600 watt bass amp.
Liam Gallagher: A pair of extremely rare signed adidas LG Spezial trainers – there are only six signed pairs in existence. Plus tickets for future gigs, a signed Pretty Green parka, and a signed tambourine.
Bring Me The Horizon: The guitar played by Lee Malia in the ‘Ludens’ music video.
Peaky Blinders: A set visit during the filming of season six and Peaky Blinders Festival tickets.
Live Nation: A pair of Golden Tickets which allow entry to all Live Nation UK shows and festivals throughout 2021.
For more info please see www.nhsfest.co.uk
BBC Radio 1 Stay Home Live Lounge features Ashdown Bass!
You may have seen that some of the world’s biggest music artists have collaborated on an extraordinary BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge cover of Foo Fighter’s ‘Times Like These’ from their own homes.
The BBC has released Times Like These (BBC Radio 1 Stay Home Live Lounge) as a single, with UK proceeds to be combined with any funds raised by The Big Night In. These funds will be split equally between BBC Children in Need and Comic Relief to provide essential support to vulnerable people of all ages and backgrounds across the UK who will be significantly impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
International proceeds will go towards the WHO’s COVID-19-Solidarity Response Fund.
Ashdown Music’s good friends at Biffy Clyro are representing well, with Simon playing Violin and more through out the song and James rocking his Saint Ashdown bass all live from their homes with Ben seemingly using a skateboard as a drum!