Status Quo – the legendary rock band famous for their hit singles ‘Rockin All Over the World’ and ‘Whatever You Want’ – have announced their support to help launch the 2011 Nordoff Robbins Christmas appeal and raise £100,000 to transform the lives of some of the UK’s most vulnerable children and adults.

With a UK wide campaign and celebrities such as Magic FM Radio DJ Kim Wilde and classical tenor Alfie Boe jumping on board, the charity is asking supporters to donate every pound they can to help fund 50,000 vital music therapy sessions in 2012.

It was in 1981 that Nordoff-Robbins awarded the legendary rock group the prestigious Silver Clef Award as part of their annual Silver Clef Awards, and the band subsequently accepted an invitation to become official Patrons of the charity too. This year Status Quo accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award.

It is because of Status Quo’s life long commitment to music and their involvement with the charity that they understand the unique power that music has in transforming lives and have lent further support to the Christmas Appeal by donating and fronting the campaign.

Status Quo say: “We have been supporting Nordoff Robbins now for over 20 years. The work they do, helping people through music, giving them hope, is a really amazing thing. We have seen it for ourselves, music can have a huge impact on vulnerable children and adults. This is why we are helping Nordoff Robbins this Christmas by asking people to donate – even a £1 can make a huge difference. They need everyone to help raise funds to continue their life changing work by transforming lives, so every single penny counts. Donate what you can today.”

Pauline Etkin, Nordoff Robbins CEO says ’We are honored and delighted that Status Quo have decided to support the Nordoff Robbins Christmas Appeal for 2011. Their role as official Patrons of our charity for over 20 years now has been instrumental in helping us to continue our vital work. We hope their loyal fan base will help us to raise awareness and funds so that we can continue our work into 2012."

Please join Status Quo and support the Christmas Appeal this year by giving the gift of music.

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