Lewis Hazel and his mother Nicola –
A gig organised by St Andrews student, Lewis Hazel, has raised thousands of pounds for two mental health charities.
As previously reported, Lewis was inspired to hold the one-off event after hearing about the suicides of two young men from his home town. Rather than holding a 21st birthday party, Lewis organised GIG21 to raise money for mental health awareness. A number of DJs and bands performed at the event, held at Younger Hall, to raise funds for two Scottish mental health charities – Touched by Suicide and Breathing Space Scotland – as well as raising awareness of the issue. A sell-out gin tasting event and charity auction, GIN21, also raised money.
GIG21 had raised £17, 237 at the time of writing, with donations still being added through a fundraising page, which is still open.
Lewis thanked those who had helped organise the event saying “I’m blown away by the amount we have raised,” he said. “To have raised this in a matter of months is incredible. I’m very grateful to everyone who got on board to help me and make both GIG21 and GIN21 such a success”.
“I’m particularly grateful to my mum, who when I first mentioned it, made every effort to make it happen and support me. “This money will go a long way to support both charities, which need funding, and thanks to them for agreeing to keep the money raised in the local community, supporting the young people of our town”.
“I hope these events not only raised awareness for young peoples’ mental health but also might have inspired others who have similar ideas or wish to develop my original concept and continue to support the young people of our town”.
“If anyone wishes to continue where I finished off please get in touch I’d be happy to help.” Thank you, everyone, you’ve made a real difference and also helped raise awareness.”