Details of the Bunker's annual fundraiser

by Foundation of Light

Big fundraiser to be held at the Independent.

‘Tis the season to be jolly as the Bunker prepares for its annual fundraiser, this year to be held at Independent on Holmeside in Sunderland city centre.

Every year the Bunker holds a big event in order to raise funds that go towards a variety of community projects that take place in its studios on Stockton Road and in the wider local community.

This year’s fundraiser is being held at Independent, which, after moving to its new home earlier this year, has continued to host many more high profile gigs featuring emerging acts from around the UK.

It is hoped that this event will be the first of many aimed at the wider music community attracting people into the venue for the first time.

The Bunker’s Owner, Ben Wall, explained, “Independent is always willing to support local music ventures and is particularly keen to continue to help the Bunker in its efforts to raise money from the event.

“We have worked closely with the Bunker for many years to promote gigs and events of all genres so this is another chance for us to put on a great show and show people what we both do for music in Sunderland.”

The Bunker has operated successfully in the city for over 30 years and relies on donations and grant funding from a variety of different sources to run its music projects that benefit local communities from all backgrounds.

It has also worked in partnership with many other community groups and helped raise money for other local charities through fundraising activities and this event is no different with the Bunker teaming up with the Foundation of Light.

The Foundation of Light, the registered charity of Sunderland AFC, uses the power of football to involve, educate and inspire young people and their families across the North East each year through a broad range of innovative and award-winning programmes that can help change their lives.

Despite their link with the football club the charity is structurally and financially independent, relying on fundraising for 90% of their programme costs.

Lisa Atkinson, Business Development Manager, at The Foundation of Light explained, We are committed and pro-active in addressing the issues within our community, running programmes and events throughout Sunderland, South Tyneside and County Durham.

“We share many similar aims and objectives as the Bunker and are pleased to be working with them on this event to showcase some amazing music from around the City.”

As well as selling tickets to the event, the team from The Bunker are organising a raffle with some great prizes and other fun games throughout the evening to encourage people to dig deep for a great cause.

There will be fine festive food provided by Juniper’s Pantry and a plethora of musical entertainment from local bands and musicians as well as performances from the Bunker’s own singing club, led by vocal coach Kayleigh Lindstedt.

Kayleigh, 27, from East Rainton, has been coaching young people in the City for 7 years, and has worked with the Bunker on a number of occasions, including performing live to runners at the Marathon of the North.

She helped set up the singing club back in September to allow her to pass on her knowledge to more young aspiring singers and she is delighted at the opportunity for the club.

“The Bunker run many great music projects across the City and are always trying to do something different and give as many people access to their services as possible,” she said.

“Our singing club has been very popular and we’re working hard on some Christmas songs for the fundraiser, where the group will get the chance to perform in front of a large crowd.”

The celebration of the city’s music community will include a number of short videos and images from local photographers showing highlights of gigs and events throughout the year including the many from record shop, coffee shop and music venue Pop Recs in Fawcett St.

There will also be a chance for punters to star in the own album cover on the night and witness a rousing rhythmical performance from a local Djembe group.

Hannah Matterson, Fundraising co-ordinator at the Bunker, commented, “It’s going to be a fun packed evening with non stop entertainment. It’s a great chance to celebrate all the hard work that goes on in the City and to raise some money to continue that work.”

The Bunker Annual Fundraiser will take place on Friday 6th December at Independent, with doors opening at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 and are available from Hot Rats, Pop Recs, Independent or The Bunker For more information call The Bunker on 0191 5671777 or email