Kate Bush announces London pop-up shop, with all proceeds going to help the homeless

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

 

6 thoughts on “Kate Bush announces London pop-up shop, with all proceeds going to help the homeless

  1. This is a wonderful idea!! Ahh… Kate Bush has been a favourite since my teen years! Such a warm hearted lady. Thanks for the info, I didn’t know about this!

    Homelessness is becoming out of control in the city where I live in the UK. A lot of problems are caused by the council itself not paying rent benefit to the unemployed, evicting council tenants, then saying those people made themselves intentionally homeless, and refusing to help them. My brother met a guy with one leg in a wheelchair recently, he’d got sick through diabetes, couldn’t pay his mortgage, lost everything he owned, then the council refused to help him… but they were so wrong… homeless disabled people in the UK are on a priority list for help. They just lied to the poor guy… he was left on the streets with a blanket wrapped round him in his wheelchair. He did get help in the end. There’s some cruel mean people working in these council offices.

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    1. Yep it’s definitely a fab idea 🙂

      Yes there’s good, bad and downright nasty in all systems and organisations, and those structures need to be broken down and rehauled big time – and that certainly needs to be challenged and addressed. Councils have money, but they don’t have the ideas per se or the best solutions – more good comes out of the smaller initiatives like The Big Issue and individuals like Kate Bush providing support. But really there should be much better joined-up working between councils and the people who know and truly understand what’s going on, and better funding. It’s not good enough to just tick boxes

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