A PAIR of kind-hearted buskers have completed a mammoth fund-raising mission to raise money for sick children.
Derek Allan, of Broomhill, and Jason Vare – aka Shaggy – from Bedlington, embarked on an epic gigathon, to play 100 gigs in 100 days.
Their massive effort, in aid of children’s hospices across the UK – including Grace House North East Children’s Hospice Appeal – came to an end last month,
The pair, who are known as acoustic duo We Steal Flyers, started the crusade on February 1 this year and played a gig every day, before bringing up the century and completing the feat on May 11 at The Trap in North Broomhill.
And Derek says the musical challenge – which saw them play throughout Northumberland and beyond, including Yorkshire and performances in Switzerland, as well as a host of online gigs, including on blogTV – has helped raise more than £2,000.
“It was amazing. It was a hell of a ride,” said Derek.
“It was a long time but it was just a case of putting your head down and going for it. On a couple of days we got a few hundred pounds but at a couple of days we only raised a tenner. But we just kept going, because it all adds up.”
Derek, who thanked wife Melanie for her support during the fund-raiser, added: “It wasn’t an easy mission. It took over three months to sort out and we rang over 500 venues around the UK.
“But it is all about letting people know that a children’s hospice won’t be built unless you do something. That was the mission, to let people know about these buildings. It opened people’s eyes and it was definitely worth doing.”
For more information about the duo, visit www.westealflyers.co.uk