CLITHEROE DJ David Tupling has organised a special show at The Grand in aid of his best friend Sargeant Rick Clement, from Chatburn, who lost both legs in an explosion while serving in Afghanistan.
Tupling (pictured right), Tim Toil – a regular at the Beat Herder Festival – Hollywood Hills and Craig C are all playing for free, raising money for Rick’s charity, A Soldier’s Journey.
“We’ve been lifelong friends since we were at Chatburn Primary School together and Rick is one of the most inspirational people I’ve ever met,” said David. “He has fought back from a life-changing injury and he’s such an inspiration to so many people, and what he has achieved since the accident is truly remarkable.”
Rick had been serving in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, for less than a month when he was almost killed in the explosion.
David, who has been a DJ since 1995, added: “I want to use my music connections to help create awareness of Rick’s charity work. Also, he has proved that people can still live life to the full following a terrible accident like this. He has just returned from Australia where he swam with sharks. Rick is in great spirits and I know he has a lot more challenges lined up.”
David said he is hoping for a sellout crowd at The Grand, and said: “The Grand is a brilliant venue and the people of the Ribble Valley have always supported Rick. The show is to try and raise as much money as possible for his charity, but it is also a celebration of Rick’s bravery.
“It is a wonderful gesture that everybody is playing for free and Rick is very grateful.”
Charity DJ night for A Soldier’s Journey, The Grand, March 23rd, tickets £10. 01200 421599.
l There are still a few tickets left for Fence Records Night at The Grand on April 13th. Fence Records is a micro-indie music label in Scotland with a healthy assortment of musical styles and a huge cult following. The show features three key artists from the collective, James Yorkston, Pictish Trail and Seamus Fogarty. £14.