Raising money for Macmillan Cancer Trust

Two music fans have teamed together to launch a raffle in aid of Macmillan Cancer and the #SaveOurVenues campaign, with a vast array of musicians donating prizes.

Ady Hanson and Kimberley Forsyth have launched the Fighting Back With Music raffle, which will be drawn live on Saturday 20 February, via Twitter, at 12pm. Tickets cost £5 and will raise money for two causes that are close to the organisers’ hearts.

“Kimberley is fighting her own battle with breast cancer and is a huge fan of live music,” explains Ady, who runs the An A To D Of Indie radio show on Radio Witney. “It seemed natural that we would try and raise awareness for both of these causes.

“Given the current times we are living in, it’s incredibly important that we all raise awareness and support charities. Even more so right now, given the fact that they are struggling to fund their brilliant work.”

After putting a call out for prizes on Twitter, Ady says he has been “blown away” by the volume of people that have donated prizes.

Those entering have a chance to win signed merchandise from up-and-coming acts such as Apollo Junction, The Shed Project and Jay Tennant.

Meanwhile, there are t-shirts from the Vela Incident, a set of indie trump cards from Brits and Pieces, two Seahorses posters from their frontman Chris Helme and many more exciting prizes.

“We’ve had so many bands and artists support us,” Ady beams. “The vast majority that have bought tickets have also donated a prize. It’s a wonderful thing to see how the music community has rallied around to help.”

Ady hopes that there will be more exciting announcements in the future. “We are hoping to create some exciting merchandise and I know that Kimberley would love to organise a concert under the banner.

“Her talented brother, Michael Forsyth, has also released a song he has written especially for his sister. It’s available on iTunes now and all proceeds will be donated to various cancer charities.”

Interested in entering the Fighting Back With Music raffle? You can purchase a ticket by contacting Ady or Kimberley via their Twitter profiles, or via thehansons@live.co.uk.

All words by Sam Lambeth. Sam is a Birmingham-based journalist and musician. More of his work for Louder Than War is available on his archive. His music can be found on Spotify.

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