A DRUMMER in a local hard rock band is to cut off his long hair to raise money for mental health charities and a new mental health support service in memory of a fellow band member who took his own life.
Anthony Gibbons, 27, from Maghull, plays drums in a local band Phenomena and has decided it’s time for a change in hairstyle.
He will be going under the chop at a special event at Cheshire Lines Suite, Sefton Lane, Maghull, on Saturday August 10 from 7pm.
The event is open to everyone, on a first-come-first-served basis. Tickets are £3 and there will be a DJ, a late bar, and a raffle using prizes donated by local businesses.
In the past Anthony and his band have raised money for mental health charities following the suicide of former band mate Chris Lille in 2014.
Chris was only 19 when he died and now the band are hoping to set up their own mental health support service in his memory.
Anthony said: “A few years ago I lost my best friend and bassist in the band, Chris Lille to suicide, and ever since then we’ve wanted to do something for mental health services.
“A few years ago we did a big event with some bands that were friends of ours and released a live album of our show.
“All of the profits from the event and the album raised money for Mind and Lauren’s Place; two established mental health charities.
“A few months ago, we did an even bigger event that we hope will launch a new regular day festival, all profits of which will go towards funding our goal for the future.
“Lately, myself and the band have been doing events and collecting donations for something new.
“We are building up a fund that will eventually be given to multiple mental health charities.
“We also hope to build our own, which would provide people with a safe space to share their stories and issues, seek help if they need it, or to simply get out of the house and go somewhere to relax.
“Sometimes for people who suffer with anxiety or depression, they may just need a home away from home.
“We hope to create such a place in the local area, but to do that will take time and a lot of fundraising.”
Not wanting his well nurtured mane to go to waste he will also be donating it to Little Princesses Trust, which makes wigs from hair donations for people with cancer.
Anthony and his band have set up a crowdfunding appeal. For more information visit www.justgiving.com and search for Anthony Gibbons