Thank you to Nicola Reed

Posted by Francesca Rutherford on Monday 5th March 2018

Last Tuesday’s charity gig at the Bush Hall, London, was the place to be.  With Natalie Imbruglia and The Staks Band headlining along with Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reed and Joy Crookes, we were set up for a great evening.

Kindly organised by Ethiopiaid trustee, Nicola Reed, the sell-out event saw 400 people packed into the venue, which lived up to its dance hall roots with everyone enjoying a lively evening. 

Nicola and Natalie came up with the idea of organising a gig for Ethiopiaid after Natalie became an ambassador to promote the charity’s work preventing and treating obstetric fistula in rural Ethiopia.      

The artists, all of whom generously gave their time for free, were amazing.  The 20 piece Staks band and Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reed set the party atmosphere, followed by up and coming singer Joy Crookes who captured everyone’s hearts. 


The audience were well and truly ready for Natalie as she took to the stage with her guitarist Pete.  Natalie’s acoustic set and beautiful vocals filled the hall, and ended with her hit ‘Torn’ which she performed with The Staks Band and Eli.  We can’t thank you enough Natalie for being our Ambassador and giving your time.   

So many women and girls will benefit from the £22,934 raised from the gig.  On behalf of them all, I want to thank the artists and everyone who bought a ticket and made a donation. 

And finally but most importantly, a huge thank you to the person behind the event.  Nicola, it really couldn’t have happened without you.

Lisa Cousins
Executive Director, Ethiopiaid

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