Prize Draw raises cash for mental health charity

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Heavy metal acts Black Sabbath, Motörhead and Judas Priest are among bands who have donated memorabilia for an online auction supporting people in the music industry suffering with their mental health.

The prize draw hosted by UK Metal Merger has a £5 entry fee and runs until June 11.

All profits will go to Stagehand, a charity providing mental health support for workers in the live music industry.

Items up for grabs include a rare Black Sabbath book signed by Tony Iommi, an Epiphone Signature SG Custom also signed by Iommi, two VIP passes for Download 2022 and a framed Judas Priest ‘Epitaph’ presentation signed by Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton, Richie Faulkner, Ian Hill and Scott Travis.

The draw is part of the charity’s #ILoveLive campaign which aims to provide “financial help for all UK stage crew who are in the greatest need. Stage crew seem to be the forgotten ones in the current pandemic. They’re the unsung heroes of the live entertainment world. Without them shows just couldn’t happen.”

Stagehand added: “The impact of Covid-19 has been devastating for the whole music industry but particularly for the stage techs, sound engineers, guitar techs, keyboard techs, drum techs, stage managers, production managers, tour managers and other live support personnel who make shows possible.

“With no shows since March 2020, crew’s income has been slashed with many finding that they are ineligible for any kind of government financial aid. Many are in desperate need and most are sitting with mental health issues.”

You can enter the prize draw on Stagehand’s Crowdfunder page.