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Footwear Charity Shoe Aid STEPS UP to footwear poverty this September


This September Shoe Aid will begin its month-long campaign to raise awareness about footwear poverty here in the UK and the rest of the world. We are calling this awareness campaign STEPTEMBER. In 2020 there are five Tuesdays in September each of these Tuesdays which we are calling SHOESDAYS we are asking everyone to raise awareness of footwear poverty. During these SHOESDAYS we are asking people to take part in wearing no shoes or odd shoes or something similar and creative which will focus on the importance of having ‘fit for purpose’ footwear. You can be as creative as you like, bake a cake in the shape of a shoe or lots of little cakes or biscuits in the shapes of shoes. Whatever creative idea you come up with what we are asking is for you to show your support for Shoe Aid as we tackle footwear poverty here in the UK and abroad.

From as little as a £3 donation, we can supply a suitable and fit for purpose piece of footwear to help someone to find a new job, for everyday general wear and use, to take part in sport or a pair of work boots to start a new job. Poverty is neither part-time full-time volunteer nor just a certain day of the week. In September, this year school children will return to school some of those children will not have a suitable fair of shoes to wear or a pair of trainers to take part in physical activity.

Shoe Aid is already STEPPING UP to help schools throughout the country provide suitable footwear for children whose families cannot afford school shoes for their child. Organising and taking part in events on a Tuesday in September will help Shoe Aid raise vital funds to combat footwear poverty. Our service is free, however, running Shoe Aid is not.

This September Shoe Aid is STEPPING UP to footwear property, will you STEP UP to, what will your event look like on a SHOESDAY in STEPTEMBER, contact info@shoeaid.co.uk for more details.

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RESPECT – THE ARETHA FRANKLIN SONGBOOK ONLINE CONCERT IN AID OF THEATRE WORKERS & FREELANCERS


SUNDAY 16th AUGUST 2020 – 7pm

To help raise money for the UK’s Theatre Artists Fund and mark the second anniversary of Aretha Franklin’s passing Key Entertainment are hosting a one-off online stream of Respect – The Aretha Franklin Songbook featuring an all-star tribute to the Queen of Soul that was filmed last year in London, starring Amber Riley, Mica Paris, Jaki Graham, Cleopatra Higgins, The London Gospel Community Choir and the Urban Soul Orchestra.

To watch online, tickets can be bought for £5 or more (all of which is being donated to the TheatreArtists Fund).

RESPECT – The Aretha Franklin Songbook is a spectacular show that pays tribute to the Queen of Soul with an uplifting sermon celebrating her life and greatest hits including Think, I Say A Little Prayer, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Natural Woman, Son Of A Preacher Man, Respect and many more!

The 2-hour concert was produced by Adrian Grant (creator of Thriller Live), directed by Tiffany King and Racky Plews, with Musical Direction by Stephen Hussey.

The Theatre Artists Fund has been set up to provide emergency support for theatre workers and freelancers across the UK. It is for theatre professionals who are in need of urgent and critical financial
support due to the devastating impact of Covid-19 on the theatre sector. Their ambition for the fund is to provide short-term relief to hundreds for theatre workers and freelancers across the UK, and
particularly those from underrepresented groups disproportionately affected by the crisis.

Producer, Adrian Grant, said:
“The Arts & Entertainment industries have been particularly hit hard by the impact of Covid-19, as the shows we produce rely totally on live audiences. For many productions social distancing either isn’t
viable onstage or off it, with large costs, that most often require 50-60% sales just to break-even.

The Aretha Franklin show I produced last year was a great celebration of her life and music, which brought together 1000’s of her fans as we toured the UK. It also provided work for a large cast and production team including singers, musicians, directors, sound and lighting engineers and other crew members who like myself are now all suffering with most venues shut, festivals cancelled and no clear end in sight of when we may be able to return to live shows with full audiences.

The Theatre Artists Fund is a fantastic initiative set up by Sam Mendes, and I’m happy that we can help support their efforts via the streaming of ‘Respect – The Aretha Franklin Songbook’ online.”

To book tickets:
https://respectaretha.eventbrite.co.uk

More information about the Theatre Artists Fund visit:
https://theatreartists.fund/

For more information, pictures, videos about ‘Respect – The Aretha Franklin Songbook’: Email – info@keyentertainment.com

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COVID-19 sucks, but charity record don’t need to… in aid of NHS’s Royal Medical Benevolent Fund


Released on Monday (6th April 2020 ) was a charity record in aid of the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund – a charity who support medical staff and their families in a time of crisis. This is a time of crisis.

The song; Home (City of Dreaming Spires) was recorded by #1 producer George Shilling, who has worked with the likes of Blur, Frank Turner, Yazz, Teenage Fanclub, and Suede’s Bernard Butler. It is written and performed by the Oxford based 3-piece band ‘The Ideas’.

The video features a live recording of the band from their separate homes, in current COVID-19 isolation.

The lyrics, although written last year, are uncanny in their representation of the current circumstances, “Take me to Rome, take me anywhere, just take me home. From the city on fire, to the City of Dreaming Spires, take me home…” – “You can’t run, from the places you love, no matter how obscene, or how serene…”
All proceeds from this incredibly uplifting record will go
directly to the charity.

The Ideas, wear their influences on their sleeves, with obvious references to other Oxford bands like ‘Ride’ and ‘Radiohead’, as well as other notable rockers like ‘The National’ and ‘David Bowie’.

The band said “We’re so happy to be able to help this great charity. Many of us are at home feeling helpless, we just wanted to get up off the sofa and do something…

Both the Ideas and the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund ask for as many people as possible to share this charity release online as possible to enable them to raise important funds at this time.

It is a fantastic record and a fantastic cause.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjP2T58-BGI?feature=oembed

The UK’s doctors and even medical students will be in dire need of support, during and after the COVID-19 outbreak. They are on the frontline saving lives, whilst potentially risking their own.

Please share content about this record where possible – thank you, it is appreciated. Help us make this uplifting record the soundtrack of 2020. Remember: COVID-19 sucks, but charity records don’t have to…

The Royal Medical Benevolent Fund was formed in 1836. Their Patron is Her Majesty The Queen. Find out more via https://rmbf.org/about

The Ideas are from Oxford. They are Gary S Creigh, Steve Hare and Nick Aspey. Find them on social media via @theideasband or at www.covidsucks.co.uk

Contact Details
Claire Arnott
carnott@rmbf.org
Or, press@covidsucks.co.uk
Media enquiries via 07527317245

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