Thanks to the Hamish Foundation for supporting me in my endeavours and hosting my appeal for donations.
My name is Lewis Hazel, I come from St Andrews in Fife. I’m
20 years old soon to be 21 on 16 February 2019. To celebrate I have decided I want to raise awareness and money for Young Adults Mental Health by organising a charitable gig #GIG21 in the Younger Hall, St Andrews kindly donated by the University of St Andrews.
My reasons for doing this is in the last couple of months
two local boys both aged 21 from my old high school, Madras College have committed suicide. Another only 16 also committed suicide last year. I know how hard it can be striving to do your best and be the best and the pressure this puts on all young people. I am currently in my fourth year at University studying for a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Life as a student and a young man can be difficult and challenging at times and you don’t always know who to
turn to for help.
I have decided instead of having a party to celebrate my
21st I want to organise a charitable gig bringing my friends, family and
community together whilst having fun but also raising money as well as
awareness for Breathing Space and Touched by Suicide Scotland. They are both Scottish charities who help those in need and their families/friends who have been touched first hand by suicide. Each of which will receive a 50/50 split of all monies raised.
Sadly in Scotland suicide particularly in young men is on
the rise according to the statistics I have seen. I hope what I am doing will go some way to support those affected and help those charities trying to make a real difference to those directly affected. This isn’t about me this is about helping others and I hope saving lives.
I know last year too that the music industry in Scotland was
sadly hit by suicide when the lead singer Scott Hutchisons from Frightened Rabbit also committed suicide. Never has it been more pressing to raise awareness. My hope is by bringing everyone together in our community for #GIG21, we can have a fun night, remember those we have lost but also raise awareness and money to help and save others affected by mental health and suicide.
I have sent out requests to bands, local hotels, University
of St Andrews and various businesses who are already being incredibly
supportive and generous. My hope would be that we reach £21,000. A significant amount and number as it’s my age, the age of the boys we have lost and an incredible amount that could make a real difference.
I’m delighted too we also have ex-pupils from Madras College
who are involved in the music industry who have already agreed to come along and entertain on the evening and even more exciting than this is we have some A line headliner acts (still to be revealed) all making for a poignant and memorable night.