“Music for Maina” fundraiser in memory of Liverpool teenager Erick Maina

A day of music is being held this weekend in Liverpool to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care, after a fund was set up in memory of city teenager Erick Maina.

The event from 10am to 9pm is to launch “Music for Maina” a CD recorded over Easter at Liverpool Lighthouse in Anfield, the UK’s first dedicated urban gospel arts centre, where Erick and his family were regular visitors.

As part of the Lighthouse Studio Project (LSP) young musicians came together to write and record new material for the CD with young bands Basement Effect, Kadence, Skylights, members of the Kenyan Community, and the Love and Joy Gospel Choir all set to perform at the event on 27th June.

Organisers are looking for sponsors to help stage the event at The Dome in Chavasse Park in Liverpool One and event organiser Matt Moreton from Liverpool Lighthouse said:

“Erick loved music and supporting people and had a particular passion for supporting Marie Curie. After Erick died in November last year his family pledged to raise £5000 in his memory.

“This CD has been entirely produced by young people, many of whom knew Erick, and we’re delighted they’ll be getting the opportunity to perform at such a high profile event.

Stephen Maina, Erick’s dad, speaking on behalf of the family said:

“Erick was such a popular boy and we are hoping that all of his friends will come along and celebrate Erick’s life.

“The CD is to raise money for Marie Curie, a cause close to Erick, and we are grateful to all the bands and others in the community who are working to make the event a success.”

Matt Moreton, from Liverpool Lighthouse continued:

“As a charity, we need sponsorship to help pay for stage, sound and lighting equipment and to print banners and other materials. We’re also looking for volunteers to help on the day with everything from stage management to stewarding and selling CDs.”

Anyone who is able to support the event should call 0151 476 2342 or email events@liverpoollighthouse.com

All profits from the sale of the 12 track CD will be going to the fund set up in memory of Erick Maina and anyone wishing to donate directly can do so via a special just giving page http://www.justgiving.com/Eric-Maina

A bucket collection will also be taking place on the day around Liverpool ONE.