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Celeb backing for Kaiser Chiefs Great North Run charity concert

By Rachel Sweeney

Kaiser Chiefs frontman and The Voice judge, Ricky Wilson, is in Newcastle promoting a major musical fundraiser to coincide with the Great North Run. Tens of thousands of runners raise money for their chosen charities. Now, they'll be able to enjoy a concert too!

The 'Rock n Raise' event a will raise money for three charities: the Teenage Cancer Trust, Nordoff Robbins and the Graham Wylie Foundation. Organisers say all proceeds raised will stay in the region.

Irish rock band Kodaline will also be performing, with other acts to be announced in the coming months. High profile celebrities from the region and beyond have already offered their support, including Ant and Dec, Alan Shearer and Roger Daltrey CBE.

Ant & Dec said:

To see an annual music event established in our home town of Newcastle with the purpose of helping our local young people can only be a great thing. The generosity of the people of the North East makes us very proud to be Geordies. We will, without doubt, be supporting this event."

– Ant & Dec

Alan Shearer said:

To have a Music Event in the North East raising funds for such excellent charities as Teenage Cancer Trust, Nordoff Robbins and Graham Wylie Foundation will help the lives of many vulnerable children and young people in our area. I would be proud to support and be associated with such a worthwhile initiative.”

– Alan Shearer

The Great North Run, which also takes place on September 11th, is supporting the event, with tickets being made exclusively available to the Great North Run Family via a unique URL before going on general sale.

Angie Jenkison, the Graham Wylie Foundation’s chief executive said:

“We’re absolutely thrilled to be launching Rock n Raise in the North East on Great North Run day.

“This is a major coup for the region and will see some of the UK’s leading musicians and bands arrive on Tyneside. It will also be our first major fundraising event for the Foundation which we hope to establish annually.