Win tickets to Hope For Christmas II: starring Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott

Hope For Christmas II: Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott

HOPE for Christmas is not just a concert close to Christmas, but more a call for solidarity and a way of saying thank you to a number of people and organisations that inspire change and fight injustice.


For the second consecutive year not only do Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott have a top five album, the pair will also headline the show, taking to the stage after Hull's legendary singer-songwriter Mike Greaves has warmed up the crowd. Beautiful South fans will remember Mike fondly from his tremendous contribution to the band's reortoire and as you will find out on December 12th, he continues to write and perform new songs.


A number of worthy causes will benefit from the activity taking place on the night including the ‘Hatfield Brigade’, former coal miners from the Hatfield Main Colliery in South Yorkshire who are campaigning to preserve the mine’s headgear in the face of a campaign to tear down their history, their community and pride.


The connection between Paul and Hatfield Main Colliery goes back to the days of the Miners Strike and The Housemartins when Paul’s politics were shaped by standing with the men and women on the picket line at the colliery. These are not men and women who intend to go quietly into the annuals of history because it suits a government intent on destroying the organised working class.


HOPE for Christmas have produced a T-shirt linking the very real Hatfield with Paul’s current song ‘Heatongrad’. All monies from the sales of the T-shirt will go to the Hatfield Brigade and their campaign to preserve the history of the Doncaster coalfields.


Last year HOPE for Christmas managed to collect over 4,000 items to for two Manchester foodbanks. This year your donations of non-perishable foodstuffs and other goods will go to two foodbanks, one based in Bury and one based in Oldham. Both serve the wider Greater Manchester area. Suma Foods have once more donated food stuffs to help with the tally.


HOPE for Christmas are also actively supporting Article 26. The organisation helps Asylum Seekers who are unable to work or claim benefits gain access to Higher Education. Even though access to education is fundamental and basic human right, student tuition fees are substantially more expensive for Asylum Seekers who are treated as overseas students. Article 26 works with Universities to ensure that this basic human right is provided.


The sales of the limited edition ‘Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott’ badges made by GMB will this year go to CALM, a mental health charity dealing with men’s mental health. It may surprise people to know that suicide is the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK.


HOPE for Christmas are also supporting antiracist education initiatives.


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