On Sunday 27th October, Squeeze performed at the Cliffs Pavilion in Southend and asked fans to donate food and cash to Southend Foodbank.
Volunteers collected a staggering £868.85 in cash on the night, which Squeeze themselves then added to by donating £300 to us from charity CD sales on the night. We were contacted a day later by a member of Heaven 17 who also donated £100 to us – so in total the collection raised £1,268.85 plus 47.4kg of food that fans brought in on the night.
Not only did Squeeze allow us to collect food and cash on the night, they generously gave complimentary tickets to three of our volunteers. The other two volunteers were given tickets by local business owner Pauline Godfrey who was too ill to attend herself, and who sadly passed away three days after the concert. Pauline left instruction that the tickets be ‘paid for’ with £20 worth of food be donated to Southend Foodbank.
Squeeze have been partnering with Trussell Trust nationally to collect for Foodbanks in every town during their tour of the U.K. this autumn. Southend Foodbank has collected the most amount of money so far at one of these events.
Foodbank Administrator Cass Francis who attended the concert said “We would like to thank everyone that donated food or cash to Southend Foodbank on Sunday. The money raised will help us to continue putting food on the table of local people. Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford from Squeeze have been so generous in wanting to help Trussell Trust Foodbanks this year. Heaven 17 and Squeeze delivered outstanding performances – all in all – it was a great night!”
Thanks too to the Echo for covering the story www.echo-news.co.uk/news/18013577.rock-band-generates-1-268-food-bank/