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Jun 12, 2020

Bradford teacher prepares for 8-hour drumathon to raise money for Staying Put

Bradford music teacher Sean Howe is raising money for domestic and sexual abuse charity Staying Put – by playing the drums for eight hours without a break.

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Sean, 35, who teaches drums, guitar and piano in schools for the Bradford Music Service, will be live-streaming his drumathon from the Corner House Recording Studio in Keighley on Saturday June 13, from around 10am.

He is raising money for Staying Put at https://www.gofundme.com/f/8-hour-drumathon

Sean said: “I know domestic abuse has been a big issue over the last few months and it has been affecting people even more during the lockdown. I know a lot of people have been struggling through this time.

“I really wanted to do something to help a local charity and raise awareness of domestic abuse.

“Looking after people around me has really helped me to stay focused and grounded during this lockdown period, because it has been tough. So this is a way of helping me too.

“During the lockdown period I haven’t had access to a drum kit. I’m in a punk and ska band called Random Hand and punk is a big part of my life, so I’ve really missed it. I’ve been drumming on pots and pans and on my electric drum kit.

“I think eight hours will be a challenge. I’ll have to eat at my drum kit – I won’t be taking any breaks. I just hope I can raise as much money as possible.”

Two of Sean’s friends will be helping, socially distanced, with the production and filming. The live stream will be on Sean’s Facebook account at https://www.facebook.com/sean.howe.9210 and on YouTube at “Sean Howe Drums”.

Yasmin Khan, CEO of Staying Put, said: “This is a fantastic challenge and we’re really grateful for Sean’s efforts in raising money for us.

“We always need more funds to help survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence, but particularly at this time, we know many more people will be reaching out to us for help.

“There has been an increase in referrals since the easing of lockdown restrictions and we know many people have struggled to cope throughout this crisis.

“We hope people will give generously to Sean’s fundraising campaign and we’d like to thank everyone who donates to our charity.”

The Staying Put Freephone helpline is open, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm, on 0808 2800 999.

The National Domestic Violence Freephone Helpline is open 24 hours a day on 0808 2000 247.

Anyone who feels they, or another member of the family, are in immediate danger should call the police on 999.

Affordable Legal Services @ Staying Put is also still operational – anyone in need of expert, specialist legal advice can call the Freephone number 0800 077 3065 or email alsenquiries@als-sp.co.uk

Victims and perpetrators of domestic abuse can be male or female, although the majority of victims are female and the majority of perpetrators are male. Domestic abuse affects one woman in four at some point in her lifetime and it kills two women every week in the UK.

For more information on the services provided by Staying Put, go to www.stayingput.uk.net