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Jun 22, 2020

Bradford teacher drums for 8 hours and raises thousands for domestic and sexual abuse charity Staying Put

Bradford music teacher Sean Howe has raised over £2,000 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, carried out his drumathon from the Corner House Recording Studio in Keighley on Saturday June 13.

The feat was live streamed on Facebook and YouTube and has raised over £2,000 with the online fundraiser, which is still open at https://www.gofundme.com/f/8-hour-drumathon

Sean said: “I’m really pleased we managed to pull off a successful day!

“It was quite tough on my body, but now I just want to do another one. A few people have been in touch to say that they had used the services Staying Put offers as a charity, and that was very moving. It felt really good to be doing something positive.

“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.”

Yasmin Khan, CEO of Staying Put, said: “We’re really grateful for all Sean’s efforts for our charity. He’s done a fantastic job, raising money and increasing awareness of domestic and sexual abuse and the life-changing and life-saving services we offer.

“We always need more funds to help survivors of domestic and sexual abuse, 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’d like to thank everyone who gave so generously to Sean’s fundraising campaign and 100% of the funds will go directly to survivors.”

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