Kaiser Chiefs Raise Over £40K for Charity

2 February 2016, 11:50

Kaiser Chiefs

The band's homecoming gig in Leeds has raised £44K for two charitable organisations.

The Kaiser Chiefs have raised over £40,000 for charity, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

The band - fronted by Radio X DJ Ricky Wilson - held a fundraising show at the O2 Academy in Leeds last December, in order to support a good cause.

The Oh My God indie rockers managed to raise a total of £44,000, which will be shared equally between the CLIC Sargent cancer charity, and Leeds Children’s Charity, who both provide support for young people. 

Phil Day, music co-ordinator at CLIC Sargent, told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “We were blown away by the amount raised by the concert and are very grateful for the support shown. 

“Several of our young people attended the gig and were even given the opportunity to meet the band, which they really enjoyed. The money raised will provide vital funds to help us support many patients and their families.”

Bassist Simon Rix, who has previously helped CLIC Sargent by mentoring cancer-stricken youth, said: “CLIC Sargent does brilliant work and it really helps in areas that people might not expect.

“Everyone knows about clinical support, but the social and emotional support that CLIC Sargent provides is so important and really helps these young people come out of the other side of cancer with a positive attitude.”

Leeds Children’s Charity, who organises trips for underprivileged youth to the Silverdale holiday centre near Morecambe, shared a picture of a "private sound check" before the gig.

Nice one, boys!