Mike Hawthorne’s 12 Hour Gig-a-thon in aid of small local charities

Saturday August 8th, 2020 @ 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

Weʼre raising £2,000 to help small, West Berkshire-based charities by doing a 12 hour non-stop Gig-a-thon!

Did you know that 90% of charitable donations goes to only 6.6% of charities in the UK – the big ones that can afford to promote themselves? In an effort to try and redress the balance a bit, local guitar teacher Mike Hawthorne started supporting local small charities alongside his a Sing-Along project during the UK’s Covid-19 lockdown response. Since that time, he has promoted 14 different small charities local to West Berkshire.

As the country moves out of lockdown, and things start to get back to normal, these charities will need help to get back to their regular operation.

The main charitable focus now for these sing-alongs is to work up towards the sponsored 12 hour Gig-a-Thon which I will be doing on Saturday 8 August from 10am to 10pm so please stay tuned for more info on that.

I have set up a JustGiving page to collect sponsorship funds for that event, and that’s here: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/singalongwithmike2020

Please take a bit of time to check out the charities I’ve supported so far on this journey:

Chieveley Pre-School
Eight Bells for Mental Health Newbury
Young People & Children First
West Berks Foodbank
Spotlight UK Berkshire
Swings & Smiles
Piaroo’s Wish Helping the Homeless and Vulnerable in Reading
Home-Start West Berkshire
Fair Close Centre
West Berkshire Community Baby Bank
Dingley’s Promise

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