At the beginning of April, Till Deaf Do Us Party launched their latest fundraising initiative by putting out a compilation in aid of CALM (The Campaign Against Living Miserably.) A worthy cause indeed, CALM is a registered charity established in 2006 that exists to prevent male suicide in the UK, following alarming figures published regarding suicides in men aged 20-45 in England and Wales.
The eighteen track compilation features music from the likes of Gnarwolves, JOHN, Maybeshewill, Bad Grammar, Alpha Male Tea Party and a host of others, with cover artwork from the very talented Rebecca Vincent.
To coincide with its release, on Easter Sunday the TDDUP crew joined up with Sam Duckworth, Ric of Tall Ships, The Xcerts, Katie Malco and Matt Emery to put on a night of stripped down entertainment on The Battersea Barge. I’m totally gutted to have missed out on the night, but if you’re in the same boat as me (or barge – ha!) there’s a lovely highlight video of the night, which you can check out below.
One of the organisers and main chum of Birthday Cake For Breakfast, Rhi Lee, had this to say of the night “It was a really beautiful evening, and a great way to start the lead up to the summer months! After all, what could be better than being on a boat on the Thames with some of your favourite artists, a load of pals – oh and a bar!
I was totally stunned by the amount of support, not just from the artists but all the people who came and parted with their well-earned cash. I was waiting for the awkward guest list requests to come in, but they never did which was amazing! We raised just shy of 800 pounds for CALM which we were delighted about, as it is an extremely important charity and especially close to my heart (as it was for many others in attendance too). The facts about male suicide are chilling, and if one person was there/ sees the video from the night and it gives them that realisation that people do care & they seek help then it is all worthwhile.
Everyone who played or came and helped out needs to give themselves a big pat on the back. I have never been more proud! It really is an honour to be involved with such an amazing charity.”