On Friday 27th and Saturday 28th February, Nottingham poetry collective, The Mouthy Poets and cycling poet, First Time Dave raised funds for Harmless at their spring show Say Sum Thin 8.
First Time Dave is a poet who has been cycling across the UK as part of his “Good To Talk” tour. He has cycled to 10 different cities across 10 days and has performed gigs on each night to raise funds to support a local counselling organisation in each city.
On Friday 27th February he performed alongside The Mouthy Poets, a group of young people based in Nottingham who write and perform poetry. This was their 8th Say Sum Thin show split across 2 nights at Djanogly City Academy, where they have previously worked with students in the school.
Harmless administrator, Hayley Green, is a member of The Mouthy Poets and performed in their headline show on Saturday 28th February. She also introduced First Time Dave at the show on Friday. She said:
“I have always believed in the the benefits that poetry can have on emotional and mental health. In fact, it was poetry that set me on the course of recovery so it was an absolute honour to be able to help raise funds for Harmless as a member of The Mouthy Poets and to represent Harmless at Say Sum Thin 8. First Time Dave was brilliant and I felt very grateful to have been able to welcome him to Nottingham and to talk about the importance of the work that Harmless does.
The reaction and generosity of the audience was overwhelming and I am very pleased to have been able to make this connection and donate the money raised to a service I believe in. I hope to continue to support both Harmless and The Mouthy Poets in my creative and professional life and raise awareness of self harm through the work that I do.”
The show raised £115.19 in total over the 2 nights. This will go directly to supporting individuals who self harm, their friends, family and professionals. It is thanks to efforts like this that we can continue to deliver vital services and we would like to thank First Time Dave, The Mouthy Poets, and all those that kindly donated to the service.
To find out more about First Time Dave and his “Good to Talk” tour, visit his blog here: https://goodtotalktour.wordpress.com/
To find out more about The Mouthy Poets and the work they do, visit their website here: http://www.mouthypoets.com/