The generous nature of the West Norfolk music community has been illustrated once again by Lee Bigland and friends.
Lee is heading out to Africa on August 19 to clumb Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for West Norfolk MIND.
Not content with just leaving it there though, Lee has decided to spend his time in the interim trying to raise even more money for the charity.
One of his ideas was “getting a few people together to record a charity single” and that’s exactly what happened over last weekend.
Only it wasn’t just a few people that turned up, it was more than 40 people across the two days that crammed themselves into Sickroom Studios in Pentney, to record a cover of the Toto classic Africa, and these included musicians, his music students and some people involved with the charity themselves, and titling the project Mind Aid.
Lee has been actively fundraising for a while having previously cycled from London to Paris and jumped out of an aeroplane in aid of Cystic Fibrosis, and as well as playing sports he teaches at the West Norfolk Academy of Music.
He said: “West Norfolk MIND help a lot of people who wouldn’t normally find support or are too afraid to ask for it.
“Young people in particular are often worried by the stigma that comes with mental illness.
“Raising awareness of mental illness is sometimes more help than treating it, a lot of people don’t even realise they’re ill, and that’s what makes MIND so important, and it’s something I believe in.”
The single is being released later on this month, and there will be a music video going up on YouTube which will be a montage of various parts of the recordings.
He has big plans and wants to try and get airplay on local radio stations as well as a possible performance at Festival Too. He said “I want to raise as much money as possible for this cause, and the more people that know about it the better, so getting the message out there is the most important thing. I want to help the charity as much as I can, so they can help more and more people.”
Look out for more ways to get involved in the forthcoming months, with plans for a raffle or a charity auction already in motion, and maybe a few other ideas too. If you want to know a little more, head to Lee’s Just Giving page http://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/big92