Charity Begins At Home For Radiohead

by Jonathan on September 13, 2001

From NME:

Radiohead have donated 7,500 to help refugees and asylum seekers in their hometown of Oxford. Oxford-based charity, Asylum Welcome, from the proceeds of their massive gig in the town’s South Park earlier in the year (July 7).

Speaking about the donation, Asylum Welcome chairman Sam Clarke said: “We are grateful to Radiohead and all their fans who made this donation possible. People held in detention don’t know why they are there nor how long they will be locked up for. Providing this sort of link with the community will make life better for a lot of asylum seekers.”

Radiohead’s manager Julie Calland added: “Radiohead are delighted to be able to help by donating some of the proceeds from their Oxford performance. Like many, they are shocked at the way asylum seekers are treated on their arrival into Britain. As media interest grows, this must be an especially difficult time for both asylum seekers and the visitors from Asylum Welcome. We wish all of them the very best of luck.”



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