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Musicians Against Homelessness is a great cause. Already LTW is involved doing our bit for the charity with website boss John  Robb saying ‘most musicians don’t give a fuck about the people who are beaten by the system, the streets are full of the broken and the broke and whilst musicians and music fans are as powerless as everyone else we have to do our bit to help. That’s why this is a great charity – it’s simple, effective and doesn’t ask for too much and ha s great sound track as well…’

The appeal, raising cash for Crisis, the national charity for homeless people, launches this week as the Homelessness Reduction Bill reaches the Commons.

The Bill aims to tackle and prevent homelessness in England.

“If we all donate just £3 it will make a huge difference to people suffering” said Shaun Ryder, who is back on the road with Black Grape on their ‘It’s Great When You’re Straight…Yeah’ 21st anniversary tour, next month said: “It’s wrong that so many people are sleeping on our streets.

“If we all donate just £3 it will make a huge difference to people suffering not only at Christmas but throughout the year.”

More than 200 campaigners, many with experience of homelessness, met with MPs at Westminster on Wednesday to ask them to support the Homelessness Reduction Bill during a crucial parliamentary debate next week.

Jon Sparkes, Chief Executive of Crisis, said: “The bill is a historic opportunity to transform the help available to homeless people. For 40 years we’ve had a system that fails too many people and turns them away at their time of need. This bill could help put an end to that injustice once and for all.”

John Power, lead singer with Cast, said: “Homelessness is a massive problem and one we can’t just step over and ignore.

“Hundreds of bands and artists including Cast have performed over the last few weeks to highlight the problem and raise much needed funds to enable Crisis to continue in supplying life saving services to homeless people.

“The text MAH campaign could make a huge difference over the winter months to people who otherwise may be out in the cold”.

John, who is on tour with Cast throughout November and December added: “Just £3 could buy a homeless person Christmas dinner”.

More than 10,000 people used Crisis’ services across the UK last year.

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CHRISTMAS SPIRIT: Hundreds of bands are raising awareness about the problem
*Ticket details for the Black Grape tour are at
http://www.seetickets.com/artist/black-grape/450301

Ticket details for the Cast tour are at http://www.casttour.com/

*To donate text MAH to 70004. Texts cost £3.00 plus network charge.

Crisis receives 100% of your donation. Obtain bill payer’s permission.

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