Rantzen, who founded Childline is backing the fundraising initiative, which is offering free music lessons in exchange for a small donation to Childline. The campaign has already attracted a number of famous artists, including The Enemy, Carl Barat and Reverend and the Makers, who recently sold out a Childline Rocks gig at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire. Legendary drummer Steve Gadd is also supporting the campaign on Zildjian’s Mission From Gadd European tour.
Gary Seeney and Gail Dallali, owners of Birmingham and Derby Yamaha music schools, each presented Rantzen with a £1,000 cheque raised for the charity. Seeney stated that this is just the first donation and that more funds will be raised for Childline in the future.
Yamaha’s Ricci Hodgson said: “We are really proud to be involved with Childline Rocks, recognising the hugely valuable work that the charity undertakes. We’d like to think that this partnership will allow the more fortunate to help the less fortunate in our community.”
The proceeds Childline makes from the campaign will go towards the NSPCC’s Child’s Voice Appeal.