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Teenage Cancer Trust to publish unseen footage from past Royal Albert Hall shows to raise much-needed funds

By | Published on Monday 28 September 2020

Ed Sheeran

The Teenage Cancer Trust has announced that next month it will make never-before-seen footage from its regular series of fundraising shows at the Royal Albert Hall available to watch via YouTube.

Each day from 8-18 Oct highlights from a different show will appear, including along the way performances from Ed Sheeran, Muse, Paul McCartney, Pulp and The Cure. Plus, of course, The Who, whose Roger Daltrey has long been the driving force behind the Teenage Cancer Trust shows.

The streams will be available for free, but viewers will be encouraged to donate to the charity, which lost more than £1 million in proceeds when it had to call off its 2020 series of fundraising concerts because of COVID-19. The pandemic has also majorly hit a lot of the Trust’s other fundraising initiatives too, likely resulting in a £6 million drop in total income in 2020.

There will also be a raffle in aid of the organisation, the top prize for which is the Schecter guitar The Cure’s Robert Smith played during his band’s 2014 Teenage Cancer Trust show. Everyone who buys a raffle ticket will also get to see a stream of The Cure’s full performance for the charity on 31 Oct, in addition to the highlights package that will go live earlier in the month.

Commenting on the urgent need to raise extra funds for the Trust, the aforementioned Daltrey says: “So here we are, six months into one of the strangest times in living memory, where everyone has had some sense of what isolation, even for short periods, can do to the state of our mental health”.

“Without the environment and services that Teenage Cancer Trust provide within our NHS, specifically for this age group, isolation throughout their lengthy treatments becomes a strong possibility”, he goes on. “Through Teenage Cancer Trust, the UK has led the world in recognising the specific issues that this age group with cancer suffer. Please donate generously to make sure this vital work continues through these difficult times”.

Thanking participating artists for allowing their past performances to be presented online, the Trust’s CEO Kate Collins adds: “The music industry has always been one of Teenage Cancer Trust’s strongest supporters. This year, our toughest yet, is no exception and we’re immensely grateful for this incredible donation from some of the world’s biggest icons. These amazing performances have been truly life changing”.

“Without dedicated support, young people with cancer can find that their unique needs are unseen, invisible and unmet”, she continues. “Fears about the future, as treatment takes its toll, are exacerbated by the isolation many face, and these have been heightened by the current pandemic. They need us now more than ever. I hope music fans enjoy the Unseen archive and donate to help Teenage Cancer Trust make sure no young person faces cancer alone”.

The footage from past shows will appear on the Teenage Cancer Trust Unseen YouTube channel, with the following artists appearing on the following dates:

8 Oct: Ed Sheeran
9 Oct: Muse
10 Oct: Rudimental
11 Oct: Paul McCartney
12 Oct: Paul Weller
13 Oct: Stereophonics
14 Oct: Pulp
15 Oct: Noel Gallagher
16 Oct: Them Crooked Vultures
17 Oct: The Who
18 Oct: The Cure

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