Article: Harry Styles performs at the Garage

Article: Harry Styles performs at the Garage

May 13th, 2017: Tonight Harry Styles performed for the very first time the full set of songs from his newly released album HARRY.STYLES at the the Garage in London; included in the setlist was also Ultralight Beam by Kanye West and One Direction’s Stockholm Syndrome.

C_vUXdlVoAAupQeWhile Harry’s album was released only yesterday, Harry has been performing songs off of it throughout his promo for the last month on different radio and TV shows in the USA, UK and France. A live show at a secret location for May 13th had been announced on his website earlier but no further details had been given. During the early hours of May 13th Harry tweeted about the show directing fans to his websites for details. The tickets were only available at the venue and were to be paid by cash, $10.00.

UnknownHarry also announced that all the proceeds from this show were going to be donated to Little Princess Trust, a charity that Harry has supported through the years, which provides real hair wigs to children that have lost their hair due to cancer treatment. When Harry cut his hair last year, he donated it to Little Princess Trust so that wigs could be made out of it. Read our article here about Harry donating his hair.

Harry chose to perform at the finest indie and rock venue in London. The Garage was founded in 1993 and it immediately established itself as the number one venue for emerging artists. Acts that have performed at this venue include Green Day, Muse, Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand, Temples, Jagwar Ma, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Paramore, Oasis and My Chemical Romance. It is basically considered a right of passage for an emerging artist to perform at this venue. Harry Styles has had huge success with One Direction but this is his first album as a solo artist.

 

Photographs and videos of the performance immediately inundated social media. They show Harry wearing a pink embroided suit while performing several of the songs off his album which he accompanied on his guitar. Harry will continue his promo at the Late Late show with James Corden next week, where he is scheduled to appear for 4 days. Harry Styles live tour will kick off on September 19th in San Francisco.

 

 

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Article: Anne Twist supports Parkinson’s UK through JustGiving

Article: Anne Twist supports Parkinson’s UK through JustGiving

May 6, 2017: Mrs. Anne Twist, mum to Harry and Gemma Styles, posted a tweet this week about her Parkinson’s UK Just Giving site raising funds to bring an end to Parkinson’s disease. Long time supporter of Parkinson’s UK,  Anne announced that she will be participating with a team of friends in a white water rafting excursion to raise awareness and funds for Parkinson’s UK. The organization responded with a tweet (below) thanking Mrs Twist for supporting them.

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Anne stated on her page: “…I am facing my fears & White Water Rafting! for Parkinson’s UK because I want a cure & I want it NOW!!”

Being a team that offers support for those living a life with this disease  is what Parkinson’s UK is all about.  That’s why supporting the charity is so crucial. Their mission is just that; being there so no one must face it alone.

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On the  Parkinson’s UK website you will find their mission statement and purpose as a charity. Part of that statement is printed below:
“…every hour someone in the UK is told they have Parkinson’s. Because we’re here, no one has to face Parkinson’s alone. We offer friendship, support, expert information and advice. We also fund ground breaking research into Parkinson’s and we’re leading the way to find a cure.”
The research taking place with Parkinson’s UK has made hopeful strides towards a cure, but research and all the support required is costly.  Luckily, Parkinson’s Uk has supporters like Anne highlighting the work they do through their social media and fundraising.

You can learn more about Anne Twist and her family’s on-going support from our articles on April 20, 2017 and July 11, 2016. Please consider supporting Anne and her team as they get ready for white water rafting, September 10, 2017 and be part of the solution hoped for, in ending Parkinson’s for good.

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Article: Louis Tomlinson records video message for 7 yo Daisy

Article: Louis Tomlinson records video message for 7 yo Daisy

May 3rd, 2017: Yesterday Louis Tomlinson recorded a video message for Daisy, a 7 years old fan who has always wanted to meet him. Daisy was recently brought to Louis’ attention by thousands of fans who tweeted Daisy’s story to Louis.

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Daisy suffers from a form of dwarfism called Achondroplasia and she had to endure numerous surgeries throughout her life including on her neck, legs, back, and head. A nurse at the Children’s Health in Dallas who had Daisy under her care, decided to nominate Daisy for the Make a Wish foundation which grants wishes to severely ill children.

Daisy was approved at the end of 2016 and decided to get her wish to go to Disney World in Orlando, Florida, granted. Her first wish was to meet Louis Tomlinson but she chose instead another favorite, which was a trip to Disney World so that her siblings could enjoy the wish as well. Specifically she wanted to meet Belle, from her favorite movie Beauty and the Beast. So a few weeks ago with her siblings she traveled to Orlando, dolled up in a yellow dress and met Belle. Belle was so moved by Daisy’s excitement and generosity towards her siblings that she took her on a special tour to “France” inside Disney World.

After her trip her aunt Patricia posted pictures of Daisy at Disney World. Her story was picked up by E online who interviewed Patricia. In a matter of days Daisy’s story was RTed thousands of times by One Direction fans, including by our account @1DFABNDA, with Louis Tomlinson tagged in the tweets, with the hope that Louis would see her story and decide to meet her.

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Yesterday, Louis recorded a video message that was posted by Patricia in which he says that hopefully he can meet her soon. The pictures that Patricia posted of Daisy watching the video message speak volumes of Daisy’s happiness for having received a personal message from Louis.

If you want to donate to help the Make a Wish foundation grant wishes to children visit their donation page here.

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Article: Sally Deakin runs London Marathon in memory of Johannah

Article: Sally Deakin runs #LondonMarathon in memory of Johannah

April 24, 2017: The London Marathon held its 36th annual run yesterday with over 50,000 participants and thousands more to cheer them on. Sally Deakin (sister-in-law to Louis Tomlinson’s mum, Johannah Deakin) was among those runners completing the race, yesterday; each with their own motivation for participating.

Months prior to the race, on December 29, Sally Deakin imagerevealed her decision for running the marathon through a post she made in the chubrubdiaries blog entitled “Challenge Accepted” . In her article Sally states:

“... As many of you are aware, my beautiful sister in law passed away earlier this month. As we are all coming to terms with this loss, this challenge has never been more meaningful than it is now. I have an amazing opportunity to raise awareness of BloodWise a charity near and dear to our families’ hearts.”

Johannah (age 43, mum to 7) passed away on December 7th, just weeks before Sally’s announcement, due to a very aggressive form of Leukaemia which she’d been diagnosed with earlier in the year. Sally’s decision to honor her sister-in-law by raising awareness for a charity like Bloodwise, that is dedicated to finding a cure for cancers of the blood, is something that would mean a great deal to Johannah. Charity work had always been near and dear to Johannah and her life work. image

Jay was involved in all of the charitable work that her son, Louis Tomlinson, had done through the years; especially during the time he was touring with One Direction. Often as not, it was Jay working tirelessly behind the scenes, bringing to Louis’ attention the children with special needs and those battling life-shortening diseases who could use some help. Together with Louis, Jay worked tirelessly to make many dreams come true. (More can be found about Jay’s incredible charity work in our earlier articles here and here).

Throughout her training, Sally kept everyone informed of her progress on social media (@officialpeachydeaks ) as the weeks went on. The original goal on Sally’s JustGiving page was set for £2000 and by the time Sally crossed the finish line, her donation page had raised nearly £7,000 a 336% achievement of her goal!

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The charity will use the donation to support their critical research into blood cancers with the goal of one day developing a cure. Their mission and purpose found on their website, is posted below.

“We’re here for everyone affected by blood cancer: whether it’s leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma or another blood disorder; whether you’re a patient, family, friend or carer; whether you’re worried about symptoms, in the middle of treatment or adjusting to life afterwards…..We’ve changed the world for people with leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and other blood disorders – but we won’t stop until every single one of the 38,000 people diagnosed with a blood cancer each year survives and can live their lives to the full. Your contribution really will make a difference.” 

You too can help Bloodwise with a donation to their Bloodwise JustGiving site and take part in supporting the research that could potentially cure blood cancers saving thousands of lives.

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Article: Gemma Styles tweets in support of WiseUp

Article: Gemma Styles tweets in support of WiseUp

IMG_0435April 22nd 2017: Harry Styles’ sister Gemma yesterday tweeted in support of the campaign WiseUp (to wellbeing in schools). This campaign launched in the U.K. by Young Minds calls for the Goverment to rebalance Education. Young Minds is a U.K. leading charity committed to improving the emotional and mental wellbeing of children and young people.

Statistics say that most of the students in the U.K. school system at all levels feel pressured to perform at high levels, especially during exams and tests, even to the detriment of their own mental health. There is indeed a tendency for schools to emphasize performance over well being of their students. Even teachers recognize this lack of balance. Over 80% of the teachers recognize that exams are overemphasized and 70% call for a rebalancing of the school system so that more weight can be put on the students’ happiness.

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Young Minds proposes to implement the following changes:

  • wellbeing to be fundamental to education and school performance
  • more recognition of good work schools are doing on wellbeing
  • mental health to be an integral part of training for all teachers
  • proper funding for wellbeing initiatives in schools

As as a first step towards pursuing these goals the WiseUp campaign is asking for signatures for a letter to Theresa May (see below). Gemma signed the letter and posted the link on her twitter account. Over 10,000 people have already signed. If you want to sign the letter click on this link. Here is the link to learn more about and support Young Minds.

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Article: Anne Twist attends #Symfunny No. 2 benefiting Parkinson’s UK

Article: Anne Twist attends #Symfunny No. 2 benefiting  Parkinsons.org.UK

April 19, 2017: Harry Styles’s mum, Anne Twist, gave her support this evening for the fundraiser #Symfunny No. 2  at the Royal Albert Hall benefiting Parkinsons.org.UK  Mrs. Twist shared a picture on her Instagram with a screenshot of the event’s setup where all those interested could see where and how to send in a donation.

Anne and other members of her family, have been active supporters of charities for Parkinson’s for years. These charities are involved with awareness, sustaining critical research, and easing the burdens of those suffering from the disease and their caregivers. Below is Anne Twist pictured with Gemma and Harry Styles, and her father, Mr. Brian Selley at a 2014 Parkinson’s Awareness function at 10 Downing Street. You can read more of their involvement from one of our earlier posts found here .

The history of the #Symfunny events began with music producer, composer and conductor James Morgan, who was diagnosed with young onset Parkinson’s at the age of 42.  image

He and his partner, music composer, Juliette Pochin, saw a way the bring awareness and support for research by using their musical connections to highlight the impact of Parkinson’s.

For this year’s event, the #Symfunny No. 2 set up a way for those enjoying the symphonic performance in attendance and at home could send their donations in to Parkinson’s UK by phone text.

So, what is Parkinson’s disease (PD)? How is a diagnosis of the disease such life altering news and what can be done about it?

Parkinson’s Disease is a neurodegenerative brain disorder meaning it is a progressive neurological condition which causes problems in the brain and gets worse over time. There is no cure for Parkinson’s and while the disease itself is not fatal, it’s a slow-developing, debilitating disease affecting a person’s brain which slowly stops producing a neurotransmitter called dopamine. With less and less dopamine, a person has less and less ability to regulate their movements, body and emotions.

This leads to someone becoming increasingly dependent on others for care in their basic needs. Complications from the disease are quite serious as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) rated complications from PD as the 14th top cause of death.

Statistically, according to data from Parkinsons.org.uk one person in every 500 gets Parkinson’s, which is about 127,000 people in the UK alone. The symptoms and speed at which the disease progresses is very individualistic and that’s why awareness is crucial to make earlier treatment interventions possible.

Although strides have been made through research, finding a cure is still a vision of the future. In the meantime, charity supporters like Anne and her family play a critical role in continuing quality care for those living day-to-day with this progressively debilitating disease.

Events such as the one held last night at Prince Albert Hall with Symfunny #No  2 are very beneficial to Parkinsons org. with their continued support through the years.  @ParkinsonsUK tweeted thanks to their performers and patrons last night:

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More about Parkinson’s Disease, the support available to you if needed, or how you too can help here: ParkinsonsUK and Parkinsons Disease Foundation.

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Article: Harry Styles performs on Saturday Night Live

Article: Harry Styles performs on Saturday Night Live

April 16th, 2017: Last night Harry Styles performed live on Saturday Night Live his new single Sign of the Times and Ever Since New York, another track off his solo album “Harry Styles”. He also acted in 2 comedic skits with Jimmy Fallon. Harry Styles’s participation in performances throughout the show highlighted his incredible abilities as a musician, vocalist, and actor.

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This was the first time in the entire 40 years story of the show that it aired live from coast to coast, exposing Harry to a large audience. The positive reactions on social media today from people outside the One Direction demographics is a testament to the wide appeal of his solo music, which has been said to have that timeless quality of the David Bowie and Beatles era.

Harry, still sporting the short haircut from filming the movie Dunkirk, directed by Christopher Nolan, wore a checkered suit during his two performances and presented himself in a deeply genuine way. While the performances were intense and heartfelt, his skits were incredibly funny, showing someone who isn’t afraid to step out of his comfort zone. In one of the skits Harry impersonated Mick Jagger, whom Harry has been often compared to.

Harry released his solo Sign of the Times on April 7th and will be releasing his album on May 12th. Sign of the Times debuted number 1 on the U.K. charts! Harry has said that Sign of the Times is one of the tracks on the album he is most proud of. The song is 5 min and 40 secs long and has parts sang in falsetto, highlighting Harry amazing vocal range. Ever Since New York saw Harry playing the guitar in a performance for the first time. Harry has been studying the guitar for years now but this was the first time he played one while performing.

Harry has been working on the promo of his album for a few weeks now, and has been on radio stations including BBCR1 where he was interviewed by Nicholas Grimshaw for the Breakfast Show. This though was the very first performance of his solo music and judging by the reactions it is safe to say that has blown everybody away!

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