Tonight (Monday 30th March), Naomi House & Jacksplace, the region’s hospice charity for seriously ill children and young adults, is launching ‘Naomi & Jack’s Sessions’, a series of virtual charity gigs on Facebook Live.
The charity is launching this new fundraising campaign in collaboration with musicians across the south, who will live stream a gig from their own Facebook page with an ask for viewers to donate to Naomi House & Jacksplace using Facebook’s donate button. This will happen every weekday evening at 8pm, starting on Monday, for the foreseeable future.
Paul Morgan, Director of Fundraising and Communications at Naomi House & Jacksplace, said:
‘As a charity, the Coronavirus has hit us hard, with respite services temporarily suspended and fundraising income coming almost to a complete stop. So we thought, what better way to uplift our communities, staff and families, whilst raising vital funds for our charity, than teaming up with the local music community?! So we’re very happy to launch this brand new series of virtual gigs! Music is such a major part of daily life at Naomi House & Jacksplace, and we truly believe it has the power to join us together in these uncertain times.’
Each week, Naomi House & Jacksplace will reveal the line up on their website and social media channels. The artists confirmed for the first week of ‘Naomi & Jack’s Sessions’ are Winchester musicians, Ollie Wade and Emilia Tarrant, Michael Baker from Brighton, and lead vocalist of FLOWVERS, Matisse, and Harvey Jay Dodgson, who are both based in Portsmouth.
Jeff Powell, Owner of Big Hug Management, who represents Emilia, Harvey, FLOWVERS and Michael, said:
‘Big Hug is an artist and musician management company with a difference. We nurture unsigned acts, helping and empowering them to be the artist they always should be, no trend following, just honest songwriting and production from the gut. Music can help people pull through these testing times and we are proud to support the work that Naomi House & Jacksplace do to help others in need.’
Headlining the first week of ‘Naomi & Jack’s Sessions’ is Ollie Wade, a local artist from Winchester. Ollie is no stranger to Naomi House & Jacksplace, as he wrote a single about his brother Ben who used to attend the hospices. Since then, he has performed at various gigs for the charity, and most recently supported Andy Burrows at the hospice’s intimate Christmas gig in December 2019.
‘I’m super excited to be the first artist to kick off Naomi & Jack’s sessions. As you may know, Naomi House & Jacksplace means a lot to me as they helped care for my big brother, Ben, during his time with us and helped my family and I tremendously with afterlife care and support when we most needed it. The charity’s fundraising has taken a real hit recently, and I’m determined to help where I can, so please people, tune in, listen to my new tunes and leave a little donation to support the families they help in this time of uncertainty.’
Rounding off the first week of Naomi & Jack’s sessions will be Emilia Tarrant, also from Winchester. Emilia is an 18 year old piano playing singer songwriter who had her debut single ‘If You Want Love’ featured on Love Island – reaching the UK Shazam charts at Number 16 and achieving over 500k streams.
To watch the live virtual gigs, viewers will need visit the individual musician’s Facebook page at 8pm. Naomi House & Jacksplace has provided links to the live gigs on its website, alongside next week’s line up, here: www.naomihouse.org.uk/naomi-
Donations to the charity via Facebook Donate are encouraged to help support the children’s hospice in these uncertain times, which has temporarily had to suspend its respite care.