Guest post by Zara Woodward.
Just days before Christmas, a GoFundMe campaign was launched for singer Greg Gilbert after it was revealed that he had been diagnosed with stage four bowel cancer, which has spread to his lungs, and that the NHS were limited in what they could do for him. The initial target of £100k was met within 48 hours, with people like Ellie Goulding, Danny McNamara and Craig David contributing to the pot.
However, since smashing through the initial target, it has come to light that the £100k is simply not enough and so the new target has been upped to £250k in the hope of getting Greg, father to two young girls, some potentially life-saving treatment abroad.
Alongside this, a chart campaign, #Valentine2Number1, has been launched by fans to raise awareness of Greg’s situation, with the hope of getting the band’s track back in the charts in time for Valentine’s Day.
Jodie, a lifelong Delays fan, launched the campaign to coincide with a benefit gig he has organised which takes place at The Brook in the band’s hometown of Southampton on Valentine’s Day.
On why he started the campaign, Jodie said “Greg is not only super talented, but also he’s genuinely one of the friendliest people you could meet. When I heard the news, I wanted to do something a bit special for him so organising the Valentine gig at The Brook and the chart campaign went hand in hand and seemed like a great idea”.
Fans are being urged to download the song (available from all the usual sites, iTunes, Amazon, HMV, Google) until midnight tonight and share with friends.
The track and campaign has already received some decent coverage from BBC6 Music, Virgin Radio, BBC News and Soccer AM but the campaign needs an extra push in order for the song to chart.
Go on, it’s for a good cause and it’s a banger too.by