East Midlands Railway key workers host ‘Grifftonbury’ online concert for key workers
- Online concert created by Railway key workers for all key workers
- Cut & Run reunite to perform on Saturday 9th May
- Money raised goes to Hospice UK, supporting the NHS
Staff at EMR are performing a socially distanced concert to raise money and awareness for Hospice UK. The online concert, ‘Grifftonbury’, will take place on Saturday 9th May at 20:00.
The idea for ‘Grifftonbury’ was put together back in 2017 by East Midlands Railway (previously East Midlands Trains) and Samaritans staff as a way to raise money for charity.
As a lifelong Glastonbury fan, Paul Griffin (Griff), Head of Drivers for EMR and a keen Bass player, decided to put a band together.
Just over a year later, 'Cut & Run' were formed, consisting of Pete Eddy (Driver, Nottingham), Simon Thorpe (Driver, Nottingham) Paul Griffin (Head of Drivers), Jason Ochello (Driver Depot Manager St Pancras & Kettering), Duane Firth (Driver Manager, Nottingham) and Ashley Wynder (Trainee Train Driver).
After months of rehearsals, marketing, planning and even commemorative t-shirts, Cut & Run performed for the first time back in 2018. Encompassing classic tracks covering four decades; from ballads to 'Pop' to Rock 'n' Roll, Cut & Run performed for their audience who were all on the dance floor 'strutting their stuff' and enjoying the party.
Cut & Run have since organised and performed several other charity events and raised thousands of pounds.
After the Covid-19 pandemic sent the UK in to lockdown in March, key workers across the railway and other sectors have been working hard to keep the country moving and what better way for them to enjoy some down time then to tune in to an online concert performed by Cut & Run.
Paul Griffin, Head of Drivers for EMR said “With Coronavirus meaning a lockdown in the UK, we wanted to celebrate all the wonderful key workers who are continuing to work every day during this pandemic. Cut & Run are going to perform a one off concert, whilst socially distancing of course, to cheer everybody up and hopefully raise funds for Hospice UK, who are doing wonderful work in very difficult circumstances. We are looking forward to performing again and hope everyone enjoys it”.