DJ PLAYS NON STOP 48 HOUR LONG RADIO SHOW FOR SURVIVORS MANCHESTER AND RAISES ALMOST £6,000
DJ Sam Thompson, 22, took to the decks for two days straight to raise awareness of male rape and sexual violence against men and raised almost £6,000.
The mammoth 48-hour long radio show saw Sam, who works under the name DJ Bassduckfresh, play a non-stop set on his radio show on TFB Radio from 7pm on 21 July to 7pm on 23 July 2017, live from Manchester, thanks to the generosity of Toby Whitehouse and team at the Gaydio studios.
Having experienced rape last year, survivor Sam bravely spoke out about his ordeal and wanted to raise awareness of the work and support Survivors Manchester gave him and provides for others, as well as raise much needed funds.
Sam said: “Last year in early September my life changed. It took me to a place that I had never been before and hopefully will never have to return. I was raped. I desperately needed help and support to get me through it and Survivors Manchester was there for me.
“There are so few charities available to help men who have been raped or sexually abused that I wanted to help raise awareness and encourage people that help is out there and to #breakthesilence.
“Since sharing my story I have received a phenomenal amount of support and I really do believe that together we have helped so many others like me across the globe. I never expected to receive this level of support - it’s crazy!
“Not only have I managed to share my story of survival but by embarking on a 48 hour non stop DJ Marathon I have managed to raise almost £6,000 for Survivors Manchester and the total is still rising!’
Duncan Craig, CEO of Survivors Manchester said: “Survivors Manchester is humbled to be able to receive this money from Sam and we are extremely proud of him for using his experience to create something so positive and let men know its ok to speak out. I would also like to give huge thanks to everybody supporting him in his one of a kind fundraising attempt.”
Sam Thompson added: “This was probably the hardest challenge I have ever set myself and I owe so many people a thank you for supporting me and donating to my cause. I am completely overwhelmed by the response I received and am continuing to get since I completed it.”
For anyone wanting to donate, please go to Sam’s Just Giving page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/48hourmix
Survivors Manchester is a registered charity (number 1144941), which supports boys and men affected by sexual abuse, rape and sexual exploitation in Greater Manchester.
To find out more about Survivors Manchester visit the website www.survivorsmanchester.org.uk or @SurvivorsMcr on Twitter.
Supporters can follow Sam on Twitter @Bassduckfresh
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Notes to editors
Survivors Manchester is survivor-led voluntary organisation that provides boys and men affected by sexual abuse, rape and sexual exploitation, with a range of quality assured therapeutic services and professionally facilitated peer-led support, that will assist males in working through personal and sometimes painful issues. The organisation’s work is concentrated on empowering male survivors to make their own positive life choices and begin their own unique journey of healing. Being in contact with other survivors allows one to feel less isolated; feel connected and break the silence and legacy of abuse.
The organisation also runs the first ever male specific ISVA service that supports male victims through the investigation and court process.
Along with providing services, the organisation has a number of key strategic planning roles including being part of the National Rape Working Group at New Scotland Yard; the Ministry of Justice Male Sexual Violence forum; and is a founding member of the Male Survivors Partnership – a national coalition of the key male survivor charities.
Registered Charity in England & Wales (1144941)