Monthly Archives: April 2015

Lifeshare Fundraiser

Lifeshare 30th anniversary fundraiser

Here comes the UK general election 2015 and amongst the political footballs are the usual suspects – health, education, defense, immigration, blah, blah, blah and welfare.

Btw, this isn’t a political post, I’m trying to sell you tickets for a fundraising gig.

When it comes to the social problem of people who are homeless, all the parties will have well meaning words and commitments about funding.  In reality, the solution isn’t just about money, it’s about us and our society.  That’s not really a government issue, but a personal and a community issue.

lifehsareAs a volunteer at the Manchester charity Lifeshare, I get a small glimpse into the lives of people who are homeless.  They might be living on the streets, perhaps in temporary accommodation or sofa-surfing or any number of other permutations for survival.  I can not begin to understand the difficulties they are facing, but I do believe I have a responsibility to help.  It’s not enough for me to say ‘the government should be doing something about this.’

I’ve heard ‘homelessness is a life-style choice’.  Yeah, right, in the same way mental and physical health, abuse, relationship breakdown and addiction are life-style choices.

‘The answer is to get a job’.  Yes indeed, but the complications and challenges of many who are homeless are things I cannot even begin to understand, let alone resolve. Simple logic doesn’t work here.  It’s complicated.

What I do know, however, is that by bringing people together to support the work of homeless charities like Lifeshare we will be a community helping those who need our help.  Funding the work, focusing our community.

And, finally, my point is, would you buy a ticket for the Lifeshare 30th anniversary fundraising gig, featuring Henry Priestman (plus support), Thursday 11th June, 2015 at Lifeshare, Dantzic Street, Manchester  M4 4DN. Simply donate £12.50 per person and your name will be added to the gig list. Doors open at 7.30. Your donation will include food and soft drinks and a great evening of entertainment. We’ll be funding the folks on the front line of homelessness and we’ll be a little more aware of the charity that is Lifeshare.  The Co-Operative choir will perform too.  There are only 80 tickets available.

HenryPriestmanHenry Priestman, formerly of The Christians (yes, I did some strings arrangements for them) has re-invented himself as an acoustic artist, with 2 acclaimed albums, regularly heard on Radio 2.

Find out more about Henry Priestman at and

You can contact me, Pete Whitfield, on 07958 708661. Or info[at]realstrings[dot]com