Rudridge helps band sing out against bullying

Published:  14 July, 2016

A rock band is singing out against bullying after releasing a new charity single. Kent-based Amberslide recorded Just Go Away after guitarist Tim Scrivens invited a friend’s daughter to a jam session when he learned she had suffered at the hands of bullies.

Through the support of local business Rudridge and other firms in the construction industry, Mr Scrivens has produced a video to accompany the band’s single helping to raise more than £2,700 on behalf of the Sophie Lancaster Foundation – a charity which was set up in memory of the 20-year-old student who was beaten to death in 2007 for dressing in gothic clothing.

Mr Scrivens said: “Her mother told me Amber likes music so she came over to my small home recording studio and met with myself and (Amberslide vocalist) Phil Washington, with the idea that we were going to write a song as a bit of therapy and release for Amber.”

They were so happy with the resulting track that the band decided to do more with it and started fundraising to make the video. Mr Scrivens appealed to civil engineering and groundwork material specialists Rudridge, along with other firms he works with, and was delighted to raise enough for the video – and make a £2,725 donation to the foundation.

Mr Scrivens said: “The charity does excellent work to raise awareness of the impact of bullying as well as other types of hate crime. Any profits we raise from the sale of Just Go Away will be donated directly to the Sophie Lancaster Foundation. We are really proud of the song and we had so much fun making the video so we hope that people will enjoy it and the charity will benefit too.”

Darren Price, group operations manager at Rudridge, said: “We work closely with Mr Scrivens and were keen to support him when he came to us with such a great project.

“Bullying can sadly come in many different forms these days with the rise of social media and smart technology so we are pleased to do anything we can to help stop this behaviour. We hope people will support the charity by viewing the video and buying the single.”

Just Go Away is available for download via iTunes, Amazon and Google Play. The video can also be viewed on YouTube.

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