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Happy Mondays’ drum kit sale boosts charity holiday fund
HAPPY Mondays drummer, Gary Whelan, has made a Millington-based children’s charity very happy after donating the proceeds from the sale of one of his drum kits to them.
The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust (CAFT) has benefited by £3,500 thanks to Gary’s generosity.
Back in the 90s when Gary and the Happy Mondays were regularly playing at the Hacienda in Manchester, a young lad called Marc Starr would go along to see them with his dad, who was also a drummer.
Marc, 18, was a huge fan of the band and was learning to play the drums, and would regularly talk to Gary and update him on his progress.
Marc, who lives in Chorlton, said: “One night, Gary told me he had an old kit which I could have if I wanted it.
“I took him up on the offer and made him a 90-minute tape of my music as a thank you.
“What I didn’t realise at the time was that two decades would render the drum kit more than just a kit, but a collector’s piece, a bit of Factory Records history.”
Gary added: “Fifteen years ago I met Marc, he was an aspiring drummer but had no drum kit, so I gave him one of mine that I had recorded the first two Mondays albums with.
“I gave it him for free as long as he did something good with it, and he has.
“Marc decided to auction it for charity and asked me who I would like the money to go to. I instantly named the Children’s Adventure Farm Trust as it’s a charity very close to my heart.
“I trekked up three volcanoes in 2012 for them to raise vital funds for the terminally-ill, disabled and disadvantaged children they support. I’m so happy to be able to help them out again.
“Marc’s the man though, he kept his word – pity he’s a Blue!”
The drum kit recently went up for Auction at Bonhams in London, and sold for £3,500.
Helen Crowther from CAFT said: “We were so touched when Gary nominated us to receive this donation. He’s been a fantastic supporter of our charity for quite some time now and we’re so grateful.
“£3,500 is such a lot of money to us here at the Adventure Farm, and will pay for six children to enjoy a holiday in 2013 – children who have such difficult lives and would otherwise not be given the opportunity to spend time in the countryside in a safe and loving environment.
“We can’t thank both Marc and Gary enough.”
l If Guardian readers wish to contact The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust to learn more about the charity and their events, they can do so by calling 01565 830 053, or by visiting their website, caft.co.uk.
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