Four classic albums released for War Child between 2002 and 2009 featuring the likes of Muse, Stereophonics, Oasis, George Michael, Avril Lavigne, Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Coldplay, Radiohead, Gorillaz, Manic Street Preachers, Beck, Keane, Lily Allen, Elbow and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are to be made available again to raise vital funds for children whose lives have been torn apart by war.
1 Love, Hope, Help! A Day In The Life and War Child Presents Heroes will be released by War Child Records – the charity’s independent record label. All proceeds from the releases will fund War Child’s life-saving work.
When conflict broke out in Ukraine, War Child were quick to respond. Their teams are already on the ground working to understand the impact on children and supporting local volunteers and non-governmental organisations who operate in the border regions to Ukraine to get children vital aid and psychological care – fast. Here, millions of children and families are seeking refuge; arriving with little more than the clothes on their backs, and little access to food, water and shelter.
By purchasing these classic albums fans are supporting War Child to reach children in Ukraine and conflict zones around the world and give them the vital protection, education and psychosocial support they require.
Now, these albums are available buy on vinyl for the very first time. Every purchase will be directly supporting the lives of children in horrific situations due to war. Like the children of Ukraine, where right now 10.7 million children are at risk due to the Russian invasion.
1 Love, Hope, Help! A Day In The Life and War Child Presents Heroes have been cut by Geoff Pesche at Abbey Road to be put onto limited release vinyl for the very first time. Available now on 12” vinyl in classic black, yellow (independent record store exclusive) and red (D2C exclusive) from all good retailers or from the War Child Records online store which also features a core range of merchandise including t-shirts, hoodies, sweatshirts and caps.
"We are delighted to make this fantastic collection of music available to a new generation of fans and get these incredible songs, donated through the generosity of the artist community, raising vital funds for War Child's life saving work again. There are some amazing tracks that haven't been heard for decades like George Michael's cover of Don McLean's 'The Grave' or Lily Allen covering 'Straight to Hell' with Mick Jones on guitar and backing vocals. We're incredibly proud to put these important albums out on vinyl for the first time with limited black, yellow and red releases.
The need for War Child's work has never been greater - 10.7 million children in Ukraine are living in a terrifying crisis, and millions more across the world are still in need of critical support because of conflict. By purchasing one of these limited edition vinyl releases you can help make a difference." - Rich Clarke, Head of War Child Records
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About War Child UK
War Child UK is the only specialist charity for children affected by conflict. For more than two decades we’ve been driven by a single goal – for no child’s life to be torn apart by war. We aim to reach children as early as possible when conflict breaks out and stay to support them through their recovery – keeping them safe, helping them learn and cope with their experiences, and equipping them with skills for the future. We understand children’s needs, respect their rights, and put them at the centre of the solution and campaign for changes to policies and practices to support children in conflict, working with children and young people themselves to demand their rights. Together with our partners we deliver our vital, life-saving work in 15 countries across Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and Latin America. In 2019 alone, we reached over 100,000 children.