Rock Aid festival raises money for soldiers at risk from homelessness (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Rock Aid festival raises money for soldiers at risk from homelessness
A ROCK-AID charity concert to help get former soldiers off the streets will take place on Saturday, November 2.
Rob McLauchlan, from Catterick Village, North Yorkshire, pulled together rock and metal bands from across the country to perform after contacting charity Soldiers off the Streets with an offer to stage a day-long concert.
The charity helps ex-service personnel who have become homeless after a marriage breakdown, suffering from mental health problems or succumbing to drugs or alcohol.
Dave Tindale, from the charity, said: “A lot of people we help are people who have served in Afghanistan recently – members of the public would be surprised.
“We work with local councils to help support and care for them, give them a quality of life and something to do.”
Mr McLauchlan said he knew of a lot of people being made redundant from the Army and could see some may end up being made homeless.
He said: “I had the idea to set up a Rock Aid mini festival, bringing together lots of bands - including my own, So What! – at Bar 28 in Catterick Garrison.
“I chose this charity because it is not as well known as some of the other military charities and because I think it is important to help ex-servicemen and women if they have fallen on hard times.”
As Bar 28 hold around 300 people, and tickets selling fast at £8, Mr McLauchlan said he hopes to raise around £3,000 for Soldiers off the Streets.
Mr Tindale added: ““We now have five outreach welfare vans, two removal vans, a rapid response vehicle, and we are expanding all the time – but none of this can be done without the help from donations and events like Rock Aid.”
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