Metallica donate £40,000 to Manchester homeless charity

Charity boss says he is 'blown away' by the generous contribution

Roisin O'Connor
Music Correspondent
Thursday 20 June 2019 08:50
James Hetfield of Metallica performs at Sprint Center on March 6, 2019
James Hetfield of Metallica performs at Sprint Center on March 6, 2019

Metallica donated £40,000 to a homeless charity in Manchester ahead of their stadium show in the city earlier this week.

Coffee4Craig’s boss Hendrix Lancaster said he was “blown away” by the generous donation from the heavy metal legends and had no idea how much they were giving until they turned up.

“We didn't really want to get our hopes up,” he told the BBC, revealing the charity had discovered Metallica wanted to support them via their own foundation, All Within My Hands, just a few weeks in advance.

All Within My Hands asks production companies to find a charity to support in the cities they play in. Mr Lancaster believes a team member saw his recent appearance on the BBC show Watchdog, where he spoke about food waste.

Coffee4Craig was founded by Mr Lancaster and his wife Risha, in memory of her brother Craig White, who died while sleeping rough. It aims to help “those most vulnerable to regain some dignity and well-being”.

Volunteers at the charity were given the chance to meet Metallica and attend their show, which was where they were presented with the cheque.

“The donation blew us away, not only the financial donation but all the leftover food from catering and dressing rooms went to our out-of-hours drop in,” Mr Lancaster said.

“They were very humble and really interested in what we do and who Craig was.”

Mr Lancaster said it costs the charity about £2,000 a week to stay open and the money will help them to keep going.

“We're not going to be panicking about getting stuff,” he said.

Metallica play Twickenham Stadium tonight (20 June) before heading out to continue their stadium tour across Europe.

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