23 Sep Essex-based group of friends announce third annual Sesh For Luke Charity gig in aid of Mental Health Awareness
The third annual Sesh For Luke charity event is being held on Friday 4 October at Colchester bar and venue, Three Wise Monkeys. Founded by Tom Wade, Sam Ward and Ryan Evans, Sesh For Luke’s goal is to raise funds for the mental health charities PAPYRUS (Prevention Of Young Suicide) and The Samaritans.
Starting at 7pm and finishing at 1am, the lineup includes acoustic singer-songwriter Fraser Morgan, funk band Stretch Soul Gang and ferocious punk headliners Pet Needs. By putting on a yearly gig that is full of fun, mental health awareness and exciting live acts, Sesh for Luke ultimately pays tribute to Luke Evans, a brilliant brother and friend who passed away in 2017.
Luke was a popular young man who grew up in Colchester, Essex, and was known for being kind natured, talented and charismatic. In March 2017, Luke sadly took his own life after battling mental health issues.
Inspired by Luke’s love of music and wanting to honour his memory, Sesh For Luke was created and the first event was held in July 2017 with 100% of proceeds going to the charities. Due to the success of the first two gigs, both held at Colchester Arts Centre, Sesh For Luke has raised over £5,000.
Both charities offer a range of wonderful services to those in need. PAPYRUS provides confidential support and advice to young people struggling with thoughts of suicide, and anyone worried about a young person through its helpline, HOPELINEUK. Alongside this, the charity also deliver training programmes to individuals and groups across the UK, helping equip them with suicide prevention skills.
The Samaritans run a 24-hour helpline aimed at anyone who is struggling with mental health issues. They also offer in-person advice at one of their many branches throughout the UK.
Now, Sesh For Luke is aiming to further the conversation about mental health and raise more money for the charities. Tickets are £11 and can be purchased from the link below: