Solihull band raise funds for NHS with live gigs from front room - The Solihull Observer

Solihull band raise funds for NHS with live gigs from front room

Solihull Editorial 23rd Jun, 2021   0

A SOLIHULL blues and rock band have been streaming charity gigs for over 67 weeks in aid of University Hospitals Birmingham.

Last March, when the UK went into its first national lockdown Blue Nation, pledged to perform live on Facebook every Thursday night at 7pm.

In doing so, they also decided to give back to their local NHS and raise money for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB).

They have been asking their supporters every week to donate as much or as little as they can to support our frontline NHS workers, during what might be the most difficult year they may ever have to face in their careers.




The band feature Neil Murdoch on guitar and vocals, Luke Weston playing bass, and Ben Bradley on drums.

The trio have raised over £800 from gigging in Neil’s front room.


The band does also have their own, personal, reasons for choosing to support UHB Charity.

While the band all shares a mutual friend, who is currently being treated at the QEHB for cancer, Neil’s mother has also been treated at there for cancer.

Lead singer, Neil, said: “I have nothing but good things to say about the QE, how they treated my mom, and how they are treating my friend.

“We just want to shine a light on the amazing work that the staff in hospitals do, they are saving lives.

“We have been asking our supporters, who would usually spend money on our gig tickets, or our merchandise, to give money to the charity.”

Blue Nation also launched a raffle, giving you the chance to win one of their amazing prizes, whilst helping the band raise money for University Hospitals Birmingham Charity’s NHS Superheroes appeal.

Fundraising manager at UHB Charity, Sam Howell, said: “UHB Charity is so incredibly grateful for the support of Blue Nation, over the past 15 months.

“The dedication from the band has been amazing, and the support from their fans is great.

“Our NHS Superheroes have had a tough past year, and as a charity we have been doing everything we can do to support them.

“We cannot provide anything, without the support of wonderful fundraisers like Neil, Luke and Ben, and their fans.”

Tickets cost £1 each and are available from https://www.hospitalcharity.org/shop/product/blue-nation-raffle

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