Legendary Birmingham drummer hosts concert for mental health charity

An historic Birmingham funeral business which has been serving the city’s communities for more than 100 years is backing a huge concert to raise money for a vital mental health charity.

The epic night called Mynd Safe will be held at The Asylum in Hampton Street on Friday, May 31 and is being hosted by Carl Palmer – founding member of the supergroups Emerson, Lake & Palmer and Asia.

The huge event will also feature live acts – The Westlands, Pattie Cooper, Voodoo Sioux and Taxi for Jesus, formerly the Trevor Burton Band – and is being supported by William H Painter Funeral Directors.

Profits from the night will go to the UPRAWR Mental Health Foundation – a charity which provides support for the rock and alternative music community.

UPRAWR is an alternative club night launched in 2010, with the foundation set up to provide a laid-back, comfortable environment for those in the ‘alternative’ community to get the help they need among likeminded individuals.

Trevor Hopkins, a Funeral Service Operative at William H Painter Funeral Directors, is organising the event, having been at the heart of Birmingham’s music scene for decades.

“In my role, I have been involved in the funerals of far too many people, especially young people, who have lost their lives partly or entirely because of mental health issues,” he said.

“Whenever it happens, it makes me emotional to see the impact that a potentially avoidable loss has on the family members and friends who are impacted by it.

“My colleagues and I have wanted to do some fundraising for a while, and really wanted to choose a charity close to Birmingham. This seemed like one that would be great to support.

 “I have been involved in the music scene since the late 60s, going to gigs and even playing in a few bands when I was younger.”

Jack Davis, Founder and CEO of the UPRAWR Mental Health Foundation added: “We want to say a massive thank you to Trevor with the support of William H Painter Funeral Directors for arranging such a great event to raise money for our charity.

“Being shown this sort of support from the community makes a huge difference to our charity and inspires us to keep going.” 

Tickets for the gig are £15 and can be purchased via The Asylum website and is suitable for over 16’s.

For more information visit https://www.theasylumvenue.co.uk/ or https://www.williamhpainter.co.uk/