20 September 2011

Enchanted Burlesque - 17th September 2011

On Saturday the 17th September 2011 a fair few people dressed up and wandered over to the HMV Institute in Birmingham for Enchanted Burlesque's lastest show, a musical concert featuring bizarre cabaret sensation Mister Joe Black. Come the end of the night, which also featured the musical talents of Bitter Ruin and Mister Meredith, a lot of people had laughed, cheered and tried not to be too embarressed by some rather interesting and racey songs. The audience also ended up contributing a nice bundle of money for UK Disaster Relief.

Show organiser Angel LaVey and her husband initially organised the event as a money making venture, but after the recent riots tore through Birmingham city centre they felt they had to do something to help those affected. Birmingham has been Angel's home for most of her life and is also where Enchanted Burlesque runs events. UK Disaster Relief was the perfecty charity to support, set up in response to the riots and aiming to target the areas most in need. All the money raised by Enchanted Burlesque will go to help those affected in the West Midlands.

Now that Enchanted Burlesque and their loyal fans have done their bit for the local community it's back to business as usual, with a more traditional burlesque theatre show booked for the 31st March 2012 at the Old Rep Theatre, Birmingham. The show is called Enchanted Burlesque - Believe, quite apt since everyone involved the last show believed in supporting UK Disaster Relief.

(by James LaVey - Enchanted Burlesque)

15 September 2011

Frank Turner and Xtra Mile Records Raising Money for UKDR

The musician Frank Turner has announced on his blog today that Xtra Mile Records have launched a new scheme - F*** The Fire - in response to the fire at PIAS Distribution Warehouse. More than 3 million records were destroyed, which Frank called a "body-blow for an industry that's already in fragile state.

Xtra Mile Records, in response, are organising small-scale pressings of old records that a minimum number of people have pledged to buy.

On top of this, Xtra Mile and Pledge Music will be donating a proportion of the money raised to UK Disaster Relief, to help those affected by the riots.

So get buying!

14 September 2011

Excellent Response from eBay Sellers

There have now been over 600 items listed on eBay from which a proportion of the cost has been donated to UK Disaster Relief!

Money is raised for charities on eBay through MissionFish. When you sell an item, you can choose a listed charity to donate to. You can also search for items which are raising money for charities if you are a buyer, or donate when you reach checkout -plenty of opportunities to help UK Disaster Relief!

13 September 2011

Have You Donated to Help Riot Victims?

UK Disaster Relief is aware of numerous charitable funds to which people have donated in the wake of the recent riots. Some were for individual cases, like the examples of Aaron Biber, the barber in Tottenham, or Ashraf Haziq, the Malaysian student. Other funds have been set up, by councils or individuals on a local level.

Have you donated to any of these funds? If so, please tell us which one, and why you chose to do so.

Also if you would like to donate, you can use UK Disaster Relief 's Charity Giving page.

Thank you for your help! 

12 September 2011

We Still Need Your Help

We are very grateful to everyone who has donated to UK Disaster Relief to help those affected by the recent riots, through Mission Fish, Every Click or through our Just Giving page. There will also be opportunities to give to UKDR over the next two weeks, by coming to one of our fundraising events in Birmingham, Clapham or Hackney

While donations are always welcome, we also need your help in other ways. As part of our research, we want your opinion on what you would need if you lost your home and possessions in a disaster. Would you need cash, food, accommodation; and if so, how much? Please add your comments to this blog post.

If you were affected by the riots, also, and would like to share your experience, UK Disaster Relief would like to talk to you, so that we have the best picture of what provisions are necessary if another disaster occurs.

Thank you from all at UK Disaster Relief

9 September 2011

Fundraising Event in Shoreditch

Merk Chicken is a bi-monthly club night in East London showcasing old school garage, jungle and grime.

Their next event will take place on 17th September at the Camp Basement and will raise money for those affected by the recent riots.

For more information see the Facebook page and click attending.

Hope to see you there!

8 September 2011

Wandsworth Launches Disorder Review

Wandsworth Borough Council  has appointed independent commissioner Neil Kinghan to look into "what happened and why" during the serious disorder in Clapham Junction, as well as the disturbances in Tooting and Balham. 

Wandsworth Council are holding a series of public meetings in Battersea Arts Centre on 12th September, Samaj Hall, Tooting High St on 13th September and Wandsworth Civic Suite on 19th September. UK Disaster Relief will attend these meetings, so if you have any thoughts on the charitable response to the riots, please come and let us know

Wandsworth Council's report will be published in October.

UPDATE The Croydon Guardian reports today that Croydon Council will also be holding an independent enquiry