NHS Fest is a fundraising raffle to support frontline healthcare workers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The charity plans to distribute care packages full of essential items such as hand creams, toiletries, food and beverages to healthcare staff working round the clock. The project was launched by Liam Gallagher’s tour manager Ben Pomphrett, who was compelled to support the NHS during the pandemic because his partner works in an intensive care unit.
NHS Fest is also being supported by The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice.
The cause is not actually a physical festival taking place once lockdown has finished, although this hasn’t been ruled out.
Prizes have been donated by numerous high profile musicians, including Liam Gallagher, Arctic Monkeys, Lewis Capaldi and Snow Patrol.
He announced on Instagram: “It’s an honour to announce that I will be doing a gig for the NHS and careworkers at London’s TheO2 on October 29th.
Liam Gallagher has voiced his support for the NHS on Twitter
The campaign was set up by his tour manager
“They do an incredible job, we are very lucky to have them. LG x #ThankYouNHS.”
The former Oasis frontman has donated one of his iconic parkas to the prize pot, and Arctic Monkey’s lead singer Alex Turner has donated the jacket he wore when the band headlined T in the Park Festival.
How do you apply for NHS Fest raffle?
Donations and ticket sales have been temporarily paused and the website is currently closed due to an influx of people donating.
A message on the site reads: “Sorry to say we’re going to have to pause the raffle for the moment – we did expect lots of interest, but it’s simply more than we could have anticipated!
“There isn’t a quick fix, due to current working from home restrictions, so please standby for updates…”
Tickets cost £5 and will be available to buy soon.
The raffle originally opened at 6pm on Tuesday, April 14.
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The NHS raffle was due to close at 6pm on Friday, April 17, however, this may be subject to change due to the website being down.
The raffle is due to be drawn on Monday, April 20.
A range of festival-style merch is also available for those who want to show their support in a tangible way, while a crowdfunding option provides an easy way for people to donate a little extra.
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The organiser Ben Pomphrett said: “The idea for the project mainly stems from having a partner who works in intensive care.
“With an understanding of how busy they can be in normal times, and the challenges they’re about to face, it just seemed like something worth doing.
Drawing on his experience in the music touring industry, Mr Pomphrett decided he could put his skills and time to good use in the fight against COVID-19.
He said: “Since I work as a tour manager, and the music industry now on pause for the foreseeable, it’s a way for me to put my free time to good use, and hopefully do something beneficial.
“Partnering with The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice has transformed this project from an idea to a reality, and will also help with their day-to-day operations which include treating patients affected by Covid-19, which isn’t necessarily obvious when thinking about frontline staff.”