Hello, and thanks for visiting this page. 

I hope you clicked on through because you liked some of the videos on YouTube and want to make a little Christmas gift to a charity that I think is awesome and does brilliant work in my home town of London and all over the country. I've supported them since I was RAG chair at uni *cough* years ago, and this year I wanted to do something a bit more extravagant than just watch the direct debit leave my account once a month.

If you've no idea why this page exists, head over to and take a look at the little music videos I've been uploading every day of December. The first few are quite simple. They will get more extravagant. Christmas Day is likely to involve my whole family. New Year's Eve is going to be a multi-tracked, multi-intrumental corker, worth waiting for I tell you.

I'm not suggesting that you throw half your salary at this page, especially not when people are doing incredible stuff like running marathons and jumping out of very high flying things for similar causes. But maybe if you liked one of my 31 December songs you might donate as much as you'd pay for a single track on iTunes (or any other fine purveyor of internet tunage)

I think that's about 79p nowadays. I'll double-check with the cool kids next time I see some of them.

So, that's it really. If 100 people donate that would be truly ace.

Hope you like the videos. Hope you enjoy donating. Hope you have a great Christmas and New Year.

Be well,


PS - Here's the science bit:

"Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity and make sure Gift Aid is reclaimed on every eligible donation by a UK taxpayer. So it’s the most efficient way to donate - I raise more, whilst saving time and cutting costs for the charity."

Nifty, huh?

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Raising money for



Charity Registration No. 263710

Shelter works to alleviate the distress caused by homelessness and bad housing. We help people find and keep a home. We campaign for decent housing for all. Our work won’t stop until there’s a home for everyone.

Raising money for

Run by Shelter

Charity Registration No. 263710

Donations 13

Donation by Anonymous on 27/12/09


+ £1.41 Gift Aid

Excellent idea Helen - Merry Christmas!

Donation by Rob on 25/12/09


+ £6.91 Gift Aid

Great charity idea Helen. Also good possibility for doing mental arithmetic around the 79 times table. Have paid for a whole album anyway.

Donation by Katy Turner on 21/12/09


+ £2.25 Gift Aid

Donation by Steven Little on 21/12/09


+ £6.91 Gift Aid

For doing Ukulele Smiths & constantly referring to me as "awesome". Cheers!

Donation by James on 20/12/09


+ £2.82 Gift Aid

Because Helen is quite incredible. And charity has something to say for itself as well.

Donation by Andrew McClelland on 20/12/09


Good stuff :)

Donation by Gareth Morgan on 16/12/09


+ £1.41 Gift Aid

Thought I'd be the first 79p donor. Turns out there's a minimum of 2 quid. Now I've just come across as cheap. It's a minefield, this altruism lark.

Donation by Tim Ames on 14/12/09


+ £0.56 Gift Aid

Corking idea Helen, you are fab!

Donation by Kat on 08/12/09


+ £6.91 Gift Aid

Your "hometown... London"? You know Pitstone will reclaim you when you're famous, don't you?

Donation by Hilary on 08/12/09


+ £2.23 Gift Aid

Hoping this is enough to guilt you into doing that Helen Love cover.

Donation by Al Wood ( on 02/12/09


+ £1.41 Gift Aid

31 x £0.79. Lovely charity idea!

Donation by Paul on 02/12/09


+ £6.91 Gift Aid

I'm donating for the 2 songs you've already done...and the next 4.33 songs in advance, so they better be good 'uns!

Donation by Sarah (@misswiz) on 02/12/09


Donation summary

  • * Online donations£150.97
  • Offline donations£0.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£150.97
  • Gift Aid£39.73

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