College students to host virtual concert for mental health charity

Two college students from Preston are hosting a virtual concert on the 26th February to raise money for Young Minds, a charity fighting for young people’s mental health. 

North West Lockdown Live 2021, organised by Luis Billington and Luke Bourne, will showcase numerous musicians from around the North West, including recently announced Emily Rhodes and Joel Gardner.

Emily Rhodes, one of the first acts announced, performing live at Bootleg Social.

Eighteen year old Luke Bourne, one of the organisers, said: “Obviously, it’s weird times, there’s quite a lot of mental health issues as well. We just thought Young Minds would be a good charity to support.

“People are not getting as much social time, not meeting new people. Obviously that can be pretty draining on some people.”

Throughout the first lockdown in 2020, Young Minds found that 80% of their respondents agreed that the coronavirus pandemic had made their mental health worse.

As well as spreading vital awareness about young people’s mental health, Luis and Luke have set an initial target of £500 to be raised.

Luke said: “We’re just trying to get as many people in the group as possible, so that way we can properly push the idea of donating to Young Minds.”

You can find updates for the concert on the event’s Facebook group, or directly donate through Lockdown Live’s Just Giving page.