- A new fundraising initiative from For One Night Only and sponsored by Chase, M&S and ASOS will raise money for mental health text support service, Shout
- One in two people feel they don’t have anyone to talk to with the discreet text service providing a lifeline for many people*
- Concerns and anxiety over the cost of living crisis is having a negative impact on people’s wellbeing and mental health**
- The first For One Night Only event will see Ed Sheeran perform at a special concert on Tuesday 11 October at London’s Union Chapel to help drive donations
London, 25 August, 2022: One of the biggest music artists in the world, Ed Sheeran, will kick off the newly launched Wellstock x For One Night Only event series, a new fundraising initiative designed to create extraordinary experiences that raise awareness and money for important causes.
Chase is a partner for the first event, developed in collaboration with Will Young’s Wellstock initiative which aims to raise awareness and encourage discussions around mental health challenges. This event will support Shout, the UK’s first and only free, 24/7, confidential mental health text support service, powered by Mental Health Innovations.
Research from Mental Health Innovations found that two in five* people (43 per cent) who have contacted its Shout service have never asked for help anywhere else, and more than half (59 per cent) said they didn’t feel they had anyone else to talk to. Shout provides a vital and discreet service for those in need of mental health support.
Deborah Keay, Chief Marketing Officer of Chase in the UK, commented, “We are proud to support For One Night Only in collaboration with Wellstock in raising money for Shout. Times are financially tough for millions of people across the UK and periods of uncertainty can make it harder to prioritise your mental health and reach out for support. Research shows that the cost of living crisis is causing adults across the country to worry more which is having a negative impact on their overall mental wellbeing**.
“Shout provides a crucial service for people who don’t know who to turn to, the volunteers are there to listen and to help. By sponsoring this special one-off event, all the money raised from donations will go directly to the charity so they can train more volunteers to provide life-saving support to more people in distress.”
The launch of the series will see multi-award winning singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran deliver his first ever performance at London’s Union Chapel. The only way to be a part of this one-off event is to enter the charity prize draw by making a voluntary donation of £10 to the For One Night Only Fund that will be donated to Shout, text ED to 84903 (texts will be charged at your standard network rate) or visit foronenightonly.org to enter online or by post to be in with a chance to win one of the 250 pairs of tickets available.
The concept for the event has been developed by Kevin Cahill, Honorary Life President of Comic Relief and Founder of Sport Relief and Greg Nugent, Founder of the Emmy Award winning Harder Than You Think with the support of Kim Chappell from the industry leading Chappell Productions.
Will Young said: “Wellstock has been an idea of mine for a long time. The aim is to use events to bring mental health awareness to the fore whilst also looking at fundraising and with an overview of acceptance, validation and blowing away the shame that can attach itself to feeling anything other than happiness.
“We are thrilled to align with the charity Shout and For One Night Only to create our first unique event with Ed Sheeran with more to come next year. Ed’s event is going to be super special with more news to come very soon.
“Always know you are not alone, you are seen, you are heard and you are validated.”
Ed Sheeran said: “I am excited to announce that I have teamed up with For One Night Only for this very special one-off concert. It’s the first in a series of events they’ll be creating and will be a brilliant night in an intimate and special venue.
“For One Night Only is holding the event in partnership with Will Young and his “Wellstock” initiative and it will help to raise funds for the mental health service Shout, who are doing important work by providing free, 24/7 text support to thousands of people every day.
“The conversation around mental health is such an important one. We all have mental health, we all need to talk about it and there is also a need to have places to go when we are struggling. You have the chance of joining me in London on October 11th 2022 by entering the charity prize draw at foronenightonly.org and you can support Shout by making a £10 donation.“It’s For One Night Only and no tickets will be on sale for the event. Hope to see you there. Ed.”
Victoria Hornby, CEO, Mental Health Innovations, which powers Shout, said: “We are very proud to be a part of For One Night Only, a groundbreaking fundraising and awareness campaign for mental health. Every day, Shout has 2,000 conversations with children, young people and adults across the UK who are struggling to cope with stress, anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts and much more. Every donation will help us take more conversations that could save lives.
“With the incredible support of Will Young and Ed Sheeran, two of Britain’s most loved musicians, we can let more people across the nation know that we’re here for them, 24/7, whatever they’re going through.”