"They are human beings not so much rubbish to be swept out of sight.”
A day of national fundraising for homeless people in the UK has been announced to coincide with the Royal Wedding.
The ‘Royal Bedding’ day of action has been launched by Musicians Against Homelessness after the leader of Windsor & Maidenhead council demanded police clear the area of homeless people ahead of Prince Harry’s wedding in May.
As Prince Harry ties the knot with Meghan Markle on May 19, music venues across the country are encouraged to put on gigs in a bid to raise much-needed cash for some of the UK’s most vulnerable citizens.
The initiative has been backed by high profile figures including Creation Records founder Alan McGee, who described it as a direct response to the ‘callous approach’ taken towards the homeless.
“Prince Harry is a compassionate man, I am sure he would be appalled by this callous approach to the homeless”, McGee said.
“They are human beings not so much rubbish to be swept out of sight.”
Earlier this week, councillor Simon Dudley was condemned after confirming that he had written to Thames Valley Police to seek the removal of homeless people on May 19.
He also accused them of “homeless begging and intimidation’, despite providing little evidence to support his claims.
A ‘Royal Bedding’ vow has also been created for the initiative. Check it out below.
- The Royal Bedding vow
Do YOU take us
To be your gig partners?
To have and to help
From this day forward,
For better, for worse,
Not for the richer, but to help those poorer
In sickness and in distress.
To make music and to care
And always play my part
According to MAH’s rocking law
In the presence of a stage, I make this vow
You can join the campaign by heading to Musicians Against Homelessness’ official Facebook page.