Leeds singer's Facebook Live gig to help mental health charity

A singer-songwriter from Leeds who has raised thousands of pounds for NHS Charities Together is set to play Christmas classics during a Facebook Live stream in aid of a mental health charity.
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Luke Flear

Luke Flear, 18, will perform a live concert from his home in Barwick-in-Elmet, from 8pm to 9pm on Friday December 11 to raise cash for mental health charity YoungMinds.

Luke will play some of his own music along with Christmas classics and his favourite covers.

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In April, Luke wrote and released a song called 'Keep Fighting On' in tribute to health workers during the Covid pandemic and to raise cash for the NHS.

The video accompanying the song got more than 50,000 views on social media.

Luke, a former Garforth Academy student, said: "I feel there needs to be far more awareness of mental health, especially at this time.

"People have been stuck at home for the past eight months and anybody is going to find that really hard."

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"I'm trying to bring people together through music and give them company and the feeling of being involved in something, even though they are stuck at home."

Luke's song 'Keep Fighting On' was chosen as the backing music to a Leeds ballet school’s heartwarming lockdown video.

Youngsters from Katie Turner School of Dance, based in Aberford and Hambleton, put together a fun video of the passing’ a ballet shoe to each other, as Luke’s song plays in the background.

Luke also launched a fundraising page to run alongside the song and its current total stands at over £2,300.

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The Yorkshire Evening Post first launched its own mental health campaign called #SpeakYourMind in 2016.

It aims to raise awareness of mental health issues and combat the stigma that sometimes still surrounds them.

Click here to view the Luke's gig via a Facebook Live stream from 8pm on Friday December 11.

To hear more of Luke's music, go to his youtube channel and click here for his JustGiving fuundraising page for NHS Charitiers Together.