The ‘Too Funky’ Charity Extravaganza, organised by Darren Northeast PR, brought together some of the finest artists in Bournemouth to perform songs from George’s vast repertoire. Over 300 people gathered at Canvas to celebrate the music of George Michael and raise funds for two relevant charities, the British Heart Foundation and Childline.
Uniting to form a local ‘supergroup’ known as ‘The Collective’ artists included renowned singer-songwriter Paul Kinvig; award-winning saxophonist Claire Manners; international singer Chris Manning; West End Musical Theatre singer Natasha Dark; roaring rock vocalist Danny McClafferty; and superb guitarist Steve Marshall.
Darren Northeast, Managing Director of Darren Northeast PR, one of the region’s leading PR companies, said:
“We’ve just been overwhelmed by the response to ‘Too Funky’. We had so much support from James Maidment of Canvas and from the local community. I must also thank all our artists who absolutely blew the audience away!
We have smashed our fundraising target and are delighted to have raised such a substantial amount for the two charities. I believe this is really a testament to how George Michael’s music touched so many lives.”
Victoria Carswell, Community Fundraising Manager for the British Heart Foundation said:
“We were honoured to be one of the chosen charities to benefit from the Too Funky event. It’s only thanks to the enormous generosity of people like Darren and his team, that we can continue funding our life-saving research. Every pound raised will help bring us a step closer to beating heart disease, so we’re incredibly grateful for their support.”
Caroline Morgan, Community Fundraising Manager for the NSPCC who provide Childline said:
“George Michael was a wonderful supporter of Childline. He’d have been delighted that we are receiving such a lovely donation from an evening of his music. We receive thousands of calls from children and young people going through really difficult experiences. This donation will help us provide the help and support they need. Our warmest thanks to everyone.”
Following this success,Darren Northeast PR
, and The Collective will be holding further events to celebrate 2016’s lost icons and raise money for relevant charities.
The next event, in memory of Prince, takes place on the 6th April. Tickets are availablehere
Darren Mortheast PR, Canvas and The Collective have raised over £5,000 for the British Heart Foundation and ChildLine in memory of George Michael.