Charity song to raise funds for war veterans
Published by Riverside for Riverside in Communities and also in Housing
Credit: Ross Parry
The manager of an award-winning support centre for homeless service leavers has written a Christmas charity song.
Trevor Morris, Area Manager for Riverside ECHG’s The Beacon in Catterick Garrison, wrote the song, Do You Remember to raise awareness of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and raise funds to support service leavers affect by it.
Trevor, himself a veteran of over 22 years, said: “When you are in the Armed Forces you are there to do your job and serve your country and you take the rough with the smooth. But there’s no getting away from it that Christmas can be a tough time for veterans who can feel forgotten.
“Some of them are struggling to rebuild their lives and families after the experiences they have had in the Armed Forces and it’s these guys who are at risk of homelessness and who we work with at Riverside.”
Trevor composed the song and his friend and professional record producer, Ian Sidgwick, wrote the music and did all the production free of charge. Trevor then called in help from the veterans at The Beacon to join in and give the song some real feeling.
“We were also incredibly pleased to have the children from Wavell Junior School Choir which is near The Beacon as our backing singers. As The Beacon is within Catterick Garrison many of their parents have just been deployed to Afghanistan so their support was very heartfelt,” said Trevor.
Do You Remember can be downloaded from iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/do-you-remember-single/id582601664. Profits will be donated to help Riverside’s veterans.
Trevor added: “Riverside ECHG has provided support to over 10,500 homeless veterans in the last decade by running a national housing advice line and housing, support and training centres. We know that there is always more demand and more people we could help and donations are vital to this.”
Managed by Riverside ECHG and built on land gifted by the Ministry of Defence, The Beacon recently won the Regeneration and Renewal Award for Partnership Working.