Brian May (Queen)
Peter Gabriel (Genesis)
Nick Mason (Pink Floyd)
Chris Martin (Coldplay)
Jonny Buckland (Coldplay)
Guy Berryman (Coldplay)
Will Champion (Coldplay)
Ben Folds Five
Ralph Steadman (Fully blotted)
Paris (Graffiti Artist)
Gary Stringer (Reef)
Jack Bessant (Reef)
Dominic Greensmith (Reef)
Kenwyn House (Reef)
Luke Concannon (Nizlopi)
Benji Kirkpatrick (Bellowhead)
Oli Knights (Turin Brakes)
Gale Paridjandian (Turin Brakes)
Finbar Furey (The Furey’s)
Sharon Corr (The Corrs)
Pee Wee Ellis
Wild Willy Barrett
Bronagh Gallagher (The Commitments)
Sir Terry Wogan
Bill Wyman (Rolling Stones)
Gm3 Music director Leander Morales supports a number of charities including Water Aid and The Forever Friends Appeal at the Bath Royal United Hosiptal.
In 2014, Leander Morales helped to raise over £11,000 for Bath RUH, bringing the total raised to £17,500.00. The money raised was by pulling off a number of small publicity stunts.
"Whilst we feel we raised money, the overall aim was to raise the awareness of NICU, therefore the publicity would outweigh our own fundraising and who knows? Maybe we helped influenced a few other people to raise money for the same cause.
The Dyson Centre for Neonatal Intensive Care is based in Bath, Somerset. The Unit is the only of its kind in the Country. The Unit was responsible for aiding Leander's daughter into the world as well as the other thousands of newborn babies cared for by the Unit over the years.
In 2014, Leander Morales worked closely with friends and NICU parents Cara Dillon and Sam Lakeman. Together they trekked up and down the country gaining a large number of signatures from some of the greatest artists in the world. The guitar has been from Frome in Somerset to Abbey Road Studios, Manchester's Ethiad stadium (Coldplay) and many other destinations on a mission to become one of the most unique guitars in the world.
The "Guitar For The Unborn" was on auction and over a 4 week period the guitar raised over £11,000. However, it came to light that the highest bidder refused to pay the money as their account was hacked. It was only by pure coincidence that a member of the public was following the publicity and made a surprise donation of £10,000.00! The donar has since been offered the guitar but has kindly requested that the guitar is sold at auction in the not too distant future. Another bidder pledged £1,000.00.
In 2009 Leander and a group of friends trekked 117 miles over 7 days from Westbury to London's Nelsons Column. They performed 7 venues en route, completeing the whole journey on foot. During the process, Leander had created a raffle to run alongside the event with prizes ranging from 1st Class Rail tickets to a signed guitar from Status Quo. The fundraising mission raised just over £6500.00 for the newborn intensive care unit. However, on the final leg of the walk, Leander was on the phone brainstorming with Angela Yeoman, a supporter of the campaign. Angela felt that the sale of the signed Quo guitar may be better auctioned than raffled. However, tickets were already on sale...
"I then received news that some friends, fellow NICU mum and dad Cara Dillon and Sam Lakeman were due to record a Chidren In Need single with several other celebrities." Said Leander.
Leander recalls a lightbulb moment...
"I then spoke with Sam Lakeman, I telephoned Sounds of Frome music shop in Frome, Somerset and within a few minutes the shop had agreed to donate an acoustic guitar. We now had 2 guitars. 1 for raffle and one for the auction.
The raffle raised £1500.00 and now this beautiful acoustic guitar is now celebrating a 5th birthday having been signed by some of the greatest artists.
See full list below...
Leander with his friends Jon Watts, Lee Walford and Ian Crabb reach Nelson's Column having trekked 117 miles
Leander has a "pint with Parkie" during his sponsored walk for NICU.
A stop off Nr. Windsor sees Leander fullfilling a lifetime ambition...An interview with Sir Michael Parkinson!
Folk Songstress Cara Dillon
Kickstarts the campaign
Leander with Brian
Gabrielle Aplin meets 8 year old Alana. Alana was born 9 weeks premature in Bath RUH.
Artist "Paris" - Responsible for Coldplay's Xylo Myloto artwork, leaves his mark on the guitar
Artist Ralph Steadman plays a tune!
BIG THANKS! All of this wouldn't have been possible without the support of many people, other than the long list of artists. Big thanks to Kim at Sounds of Frome (For donating the pre-signed guitar) + Angela Yeoman, Sam Lakeman, Bob Condrey, Jason Regler, Dan Biggane, Jan Ayers, DMF, Lark Porter, Ciara Nolan, Andy Loddington @ Summer Breeze, Dave Young, Ben Findlay, Annie Parsons, Hayley Noad and the sunshine walkers...Lee Walford, Jon Watts, Zak Eze Love, Andy Hill, Steve Martin, Thom Pears, Ian Crabb, Jim Murtagh, Tim Beecham, Andy Noad and all those that have played a part in this epic adventure!
Photography by Chris Bailey