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Latest fundraising push for law firm Slater Heelis takes place at secret Stone Roses gig
9:00am Thursday 5th July 2012 in News
REUNITED supergroup the Stone Roses have boosted Sale law firm Slater Heelis’s efforts to help an educational charity in Uganda.
The legendary band gave the go-ahead for Chris Bishop, a partner at the law firm, to hold a collection at a secret warm-up gig they held in Warrington in May.
The collection raked in £3,800 for the charity HUGS (Helping Uganda Schools), which builds schools and creates educational opportunities for Ugandan youngsters.
And that contributed to a windfall for the charity of £50,000 raised in just a month thanks to fundraising efforts, including those of Chris’ Slater Heelis colleagues, family and friends , as well as the Stone Roses - who played three triumphant comeback concerts to more than 200,000 fans at Heaton Park at the weekend.
Chris, who is a friend of Stone Roses’ drummer Reni, said: “Reni has been very supportive of HUGS for many years and I got a text from him to say that they were playing a secret gig in Warrington in May.
“Tickets were free to those lucky enough to get in so the band gave us the chance to ask for donations from concert-goers who had had the good fortune to receive free tickets. We collected a lot on the night and are hugely grateful to the Stone Roses for helping us to continue the work of this incredible charity.”
Chris is a trustee of HUGS and fundraises regularly with an annual benefit concert and many sponsored sporting events including a charity match against the cast of Hollyoaks, running the BUPA 10k and the Blackpool half marathon.
For more information on HUGS (Helping Uganda Schools) go to helpingugandaschools.org