Singer-songwriter Becky Hill will headline a concert fundraiser for trauma injury victims at Village Underground in Shoreditch this weekend.
Organised by Barts Charity, Transformation: A Music Event to Change Lives aims to raise awareness of trauma as the leading cause of deaths for under 40-year-olds. The appeal also hopes to raise funds for world-leading research for trauma injury victims.
Hill told Barts Charity that the cause was “massively important”. She added: “When you feel like you’re going through something alone it can make you feel very abnormal. Removing stigma and openly talking about issues is the most comforting and helpful thing that can happen and needs to happen more.”
Ollie Pash, of London quartet Beach Baby, said: “To be involved in an event which is specifically targeting trauma, something that accounts for the largest proportion of deaths in under 40s is hugely important to us as an indie/pop/rock band.”
His bandmate, Josh Hodgson, added: “Popular music is so important to so many young people, so playing our music at an event that’s raising funds for research, and to support such a prevalent and tragic cause of death feels like the perfect way to make a contribution.”
The gig will also feature three trauma survivors, one of which being Ben Crabbe, 29, who was left paralysed below the chest after a serious motorcycling accident. Due to the extensive research that has saved the lives of 600 people in the past five years, the trauma team at the Royal London Hospital, in Whitechapel, was able to save his life. He currently hopes to compete in wheelchair tennis at the Paralympics.