A rock ’n’ roll connection has led to a BT boost for a charity which supports sick children.

The Charlie and Kathleen Dunnery Children’s Fund will receive £500 from employee-giving fund Give As You Earn (GAYE), thanks to a nomination by Allan Watson.

Allan, an Openreach e-records designer based in Glasgow, is passionate about music and is a member of an acoustic rock combo group called Junk.

Junk was recently asked to support Francis Dunnery, former singer with rock band It Bites, at a gig at the city venue King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut.

Allan explained: “Francis now has a successful solo career and I met him last year when he was touring.

“He asked my band to support him in Glasgow last month and, as I know the Charlie and Kathleen Dunnery Children’s Fund is a big thing in his life, I thought I would return the favour by nominating it for a donation from GAYE.”

Francis, whose biggest hit with It Bites was Calling All The Heroes, started the charity in honour of his parents Charlie and Kathleen. It donates all proceeds to children’s health and education in and around Francis’s home town of Egremont in Cumbria.

Previous donations have been used to buy hospital beds and entertainment units for children’s oncology wards, as well as to construct libraries, build gardens and purchase supplies for schools. The BT GAYE donation will be put to similar use.

DECEMBER 19, 2007
Published in BTtoday Scotland

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