Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Jsky x MTV Staying Alive 2019



Last week I attended a charity fundraising event hosted by Jsky, for the third year running, at Impossible Mancheste. The event, sponsored by Killa Clothing, was in aid of MTV Staying Alive Foundation, aiming to increase awareness of the foundation and its work as well as raising funds to assist them with their work. MTV Staying Alive is a global initiative which educates on HIV prevention and aims to break the stigma surrounding the epidemic. 


(Kay Hetherington, Left. Peter Bampton, Right).

In attendance was Senior Fundraiser for MTV Staying Alive, Kay Hetherington, who informed guests of MTV's recent work and their goals for 2020. Guests also heard from Sexual Health Manager of the LGBT Foundation, Peter Bampton, who explained that 90% of all people with HIV in the UK are aware of their status which is a really positive statistic. The LGBT Foundation are providing ongoing support, love and reassurance to these people, as well as encouraging others who may not be aware of their status to get tested. I am extremely bad with blood tests, and I'm definitely not the only one, so it is really great to hear that the current test simply involves a finger prick (and an extremely small amount of blood in comparison) which will hopefully sway people to get tested.


The evening was supported by Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham, who spoke of his admiration for Jsky for everything that he does; being a great ambassador and role model for the LGBT community.

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The event kicked off with a number of performances from Jsky himself, including his hit single 'Myself' which promotes self love. He was joined on stage by the fabulous dancers of Centre Stage in Glossop who put on a great show as always.

 
(Reuben Hester, Left. Platnum, Right)

There were also performances from the talented Reuben Hester, formerly lead singer of China Lane band, who sang his brand new solo material. Platnum also provided a huge throwback, performing their two well known songs 'H2O' and 'Love Shy' and announced that they will be releasing new songs in early 2020.

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There was a raffle to raise money for the foundation with some amazing prizes, such as Kiehl's luxury hampers and gift vouchers for some fabulous restaurants and bars in Manchester, including the stunning Grand Pacific (which I won, eeek).

The CEO of Manchester Pride also donated 2 VIP tickets for Pride weekend next year which were auctioned off, raising over £200!

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The night was a huge success and it was great to attend and support such an important charity. I'm so proud of J for everything that he has done and continued to do, particularly in raising awareness and supporting LGBT, mental health and many other causes.


Thank you to Jsky for the invite and congratulations on another fabulous event!


*Professional images are property of Rhys Fagan, Lumafilm UK.
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