Pop legend Kate Bush has launched a pop-up shop in London selling memorabilia, with all proceeds being donated to homeless people.
The shop, which is located at Coals Drop Yard in Kings Cross, will sell the artist’s recently released lyric book How To Be Invisible, as well as the new remastered versions of her music catalogue on vinyl and CDs.
Each book sold will include an exclusive bookmark, while all profits from the shop will go to national homelessness charity Crisis.
A daily raffle, which will be announced daily via social media, will include a selection of different prizes.
The pop-up shop will open tomorrow (5 December) and run until 9 December.
Kate Bush said: Kate Bush said: “I can’t imagine how it must feel to be homeless. Our attention is drawn to this tragic issue at Christmas when most of us can share the celebrations with those we love but, of course, homelessness is there all year round – all the time. It must be so frightening.
“Without charities like Crisis, who would people turn to? Who would help? Where would the hope of a future come from? I hope this pop up shop will raise some money for Crisis and raise more awareness of this life-saving charity.”
Expressing gratitude to Kate Bush, Crisis Chief Executive Jon Sparkes added: “We’re absolutely thrilled that Kate Bush has chosen to support us this Christmas by donating all of the profits from her pop up shop.
“Homelessness is one of the most urgent issues of our time – across the country thousands of people are needlessly suffering life on the streets or trapped in hostels and B&Bs. We simply can’t carry on like this when we know that homelessness is not inevitable.
“The money raised by Kate and her fans will help us provide food, warmth, and vital services to thousands of homeless people this Christmas – as well as the year round support they need to leave homelessness behind for good – and for that we’re incredibly grateful.”
The singer-songwriter and dancer, who turned 60 this year, was the first woman to have a UK Number One with the self-written song, Wuthering Heights. Kate Bush’s 1980 album, Never For Ever, made her the first British solo female artist to top the UK album charts, and the first female artist ever to enter the album chart at Number One.
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea