The Herald

Rock stars help raise £82,000 in a week for firm’s staff

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AN online campaign to raise cash for staff laid off after the collapse of the Scotland-based rock music publisher of Metal Hammer and Classic Rock has raised more than four times the £20,000 target in seven days.

The crowdfundi­ng drive was set up on Monday of last week by a member of heavy metal band Orange Goblin in aid of the staff of Team Rock.

By last night it had raised £82,807 with donations from fans around the world, including high-profile rock names such as Avenged Sevenfold, Black Stone Cherry and Asking Alexandra.

All proceeds will be given to dozens of workers who lost their jobs after administra­tors were called in to the South Lanarkshir­e-based company.

A total of 73 people were laid off at offices in High Blantyre and London. A further seven staff have been kept on temporaril­y to help administra­tors as they seek a buyer for the firm’s assets.

Orange Goblin frontman Ben Ward, who set up the fundraisin­g initiative, said: “A few days ago, when I heard the news that my good friends at Team Rock were being made redundant with no pay during Christmas week, I felt I had to do something.

“That night my girlfriend and I set up the Just Giving page and within two days we had raised almost £60,000, and we were blown away by the response and generosity of people all over the world.”

Orange Goblin announced a fundraisin­g gig at the Black Heart in Camden, London, on January 5 for Team Rock.

There will be a minimum £10 donation to get in and admission will be on a first come, first served basis as the venue holds only 120 people.

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