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.
So far, Help
Our NHS has donated hand creams, sandwiches, toiletries, hand creams,
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.
Now Pomphrett draws
on his experience in the music industry to raise funds for the project by
launching the new NHS FEST music raffle, with support
from The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice. The aim is to
raise funds to distribute regular care packages to as many frontline staff as
possible throughout this crisis.
Fans can enter the
raffle by visiting www.nhsfest.co.uk, where they’ll see a list of artists and
companies who have gifted prizes arranged in a festival-style poster. Clicking
on an artist name will direct you to a page which details the prize on offer
and allows you to enter the raffle, with all tickets priced at £5.
Highlights of the
prizes on offer include:
- 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.
Together with The
Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice, the NHS Fest music raffle is open for a very
limited amount of time, so get in quick for your chance to win. It opens 6pm
today 14th April and closes at 6pm on Friday, April 17th. While the festival
angle provides a fun aspect, its short duration also allows the funds it raises
to be quickly allocated.
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