BRITISH Radio DJ and TV presenter Clara Amfo mixed up a surprise call with London charity Girls Rock who have been encouraging young women, non-binary and trans young people and adults to continue using their creativity to make music throughout lockdown.
The DJ who has been known for her celebration of women’s rights and equality in the music industry, joined an online call with Jessie Maryon Davies, founding member and Music Co-ordinator of Girls Rocks London, as part of The National Lottery’s Good News Bulletin.
The online series hosted by comedian Joe Wilkinson features projects from across the UK who have used National Lottery funding to adapt and help their community during the coronavirus pandemic.
Girls Rock London was founded in 2014 and was based on the founder’s passion to give women, trans and nonbinary youth from a diverse range of backgrounds a chance to perform together – to look gender inequality in the eyes and make a change through music.
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, Girls Rock London has used National Lottery funding to redesign their music programme and deliver care packages including a guide to creativity and wellbeing, stationery and craft items and a selection of goodies to over 100 young people across London and the UK.
Clara’s surprise call to Jessie as part of the latest episode can be viewed via the National Lottery Good Causes website: https://www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/stories/goodnews.
Jessie Maryon Davies said:
“Girls Rock London encourages women, non-binary and trans young people to come together, be creative and challenge gender inequality in the music industry. We want to boost wellbeing, self-esteem and confidence through music as a form of expression and personal power. We are delighted our work has been recognised and we want to thank National Lottery players for the funding that has enabled us to continue doing this throughout lockdown.”
Clara Amfo praised the group:
“I absolutely love what you guys are doing for these girls, literally letting them rock in every way shape and form. Everyone deserves to feel seen and you guys are doing that. Music saves people. Whether you’re pursuing music as a career, a form of therapy, or a form of socialising with other young women – Girls Rock will be life-changing. Keep on doing what you’re doing!”
Comedian Joe Wilkinson, star of Netflix series After Life and 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, added:
“Thanks to National Lottery players, up to £600 million has been made available to help communities throughout the UK amid the coronavirus crisis. The Good News Bulletin features how people and projects have rallied together to support each other during the lockdown. I promise you there won’t be any zoom quizzes or online Zumba but just a few heart-warming stories and terrific tales of, well, good news and great people.”
Thirty million pounds is raised every week on average by National Lottery players for projects big and small across the country. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, The National Lottery has announced support packages of up to £600 million across arts, sports, heritage, education and the environment.
To find out more about the range of funding support announced by National Lottery distributors across the UK to date, visit the National Lottery Good Causes website www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/coronavirus-pandemic-response