Sam Fender to Become Patron of North East Homeless E! News UK
Sam Fender will play at Newcastle’s Utilita Arena on April 5-6, as part of his current UK tour.
And the singer has revealed he has agreed to be the godfather of North Shields-based North East Homeless, which he has already been a strong supporter of for the past few years.
Brian Burridge, who set up the charity with his wife, Emma, said Sam had been a true champion of their work, even giving them a shout out as part of his acceptance speech at this year’s BRIT Awards. year.
“Even though he is now an internationally recognized artist, Sam has always kept his strong ties to the region,” said Brian.
“It started during lockdown when he couldn’t tour, so he used to come here all the time, sometimes just sitting and playing the piano.
“We’ve always been a bit of a safe space for him and he always comes when he can.
“We are absolutely thrilled that he has agreed to be our sponsor.”
North East Homeless operates from a unit in Northumberland Street, North Shields where it provides a range of homeless services including food, training and support.
The Fish Quay Hub is also open to the public who can use the event spaces and cafe, which helps raise funds for their work.
“Sam has been a huge help to us before,” Brian said.
“He has helped support our campaign to get councils to offer free helplines to vulnerable people in need of help rather than charging premium number rates.
“Having him share this on his social media has made all the difference to our success and it’s a huge boost for us to have him on our side.
“He may be a globally recognized musician now, but he’s still a boy from North Shields who always remembers where he came from.”
The acclaimed musician said he was delighted to be on board.
“It’s an honor to help a charity that is so close to my heart,” he said.
“Homelessness is a huge issue, homeless people in the North East are helping so many people turn their lives around, families shouldn’t be struggling through no fault of their own.”
Further information about North East Homeless – which has also just unveiled plans for a major overhaul of its current facilities – can be found at www.northeasthomeless.org.uk