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UK rock band The Kooks kick off their Listen tour tonight (6 November) at Leicester O2 Academy. They have announced that through their 13 UK gigs they will be fundraising for Mind, the mental health charity
The band recognises that, with one in four people in England and Wales experiencing a mental health problem every year, we will all know someone who’s faced their own mental health battles. Every member of the audience will have their own connection to the cause and it’s hoped they will get behind the group, in donating what they can to raise vital funds for Mind.
Signs at each venue will invite fans to donate by texting KOOK51 £3 to 70070. Those not able to be there in person are urged to text to show their support or to give online, via the band’s Just Giving page.
Luke Pritchard, lead singer, said:
"Mental health is something that has affected most of us in some way and we feel passionate about talking out about it. Mind is committed to helping so many in need. Massively underfunded within the NHS, they need all of our help. We are honoured to pledge our support."
Kathleen Miles, Head of Fundraising at Mind, said: “We’re thrilled that The Kooks and their fans will be supporting Mind as they tour the UK this winter. To have such a great band supporting us, raising both amazing awareness and essential funds for the charity, means a huge amount to all of us at Mind. Thank you to Luke, the band, and every person in the audience who chooses to show their support this Christmas.”