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Give A Sh*t Xmas

Published on Tuesday, 23rd October 2018

Help raise vital funds for two Bristol homelessness charities  

Hark. The sound of Christmas-not-too-distant-future. Frightening, right? But not as frightening as the thought of being homeless on the streets at Christmas. At any time of the year.

A few months back, a few of us got together and had a simple idea: to put on a bloody great gig and have the money from it go to homelessness charities. And lo, the BEAK> Give A Sh*t Xmas Party was born.

Yes, BEAK> - Bristol’s finest purveyors of musical rolling thunder – are throwing a (now SOLD OUT) one-off hometown Christmas party on 10th December in support of two of the area’s homeless charities: The Wild Goose and Feed The Homeless. These two vital charities and their dedicated volunteers go to incredible lengths to offer the homeless much-needed support.

The now SOLD OUT gig takes place at Fiddlers and features live sets from Beak>, the mighty PigsPigsPigsPigsPigsPigsPigs and Slagheap, energetic post-punk nonsense from four women in their pants (their words, not ours.) Plus DJ sets and a raffle and an auction of donated prizes (hosted by Martin Roberts from Homes Under The Hammer fame). All proceeds from Give A Sh*t Christmas will be shared between the two local charities.

So instead of ye traditional comms/digital/marketing/design agency Christmas campaign or e-card, how about doing something different this year. Like:

Sponsoring a sold-out gig?

Sponsoring a band or three.

Putting Mr Geoff Barrow in a tee-shirt of your choice.

Funding a hotel room for roadies. (A riskier option, admittedly.)

Or sponsoring a coach to get Pigsx7 from Newcastle to Bristol.

Yes, we’re looking for creative suggestions as well as cash donations. Because the more costs we can cover (transport and accommodation for bands and their crews being the biggies), the more money goes straight to our two charities. Two very important charities who receive ZERO regular funding.

If you’d like to get involved with Give A Sh*t Christmas, if you have any ideas on how we can raise money for these two charities, please, please, please email jballantine@brayleino.co.uk or tom@friendlyrecords.co.uk

The Wild Goose Drop-In Centre provides free hot meals, shower facilities, clothing and toiletries four days a week and six nights a week for those in extreme poverty and need.

Feed The Homeless has been going since February 2016 and has been a registered charity since October of the same year. Volunteers cook and provide hot meals, sandwiches and snacks, while walkers distribute the food along with any warm clothing, blankets and sleeping bags that have been donated, directly to the needy on the streets of Bristol and Weston-Super-Mare.