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:
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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.