Southwark-based charity Grief Matters hosts an evening of music and comedy at The Elephant & Castle Pub

A charity supporting the bereaved is putting on a benefit gig in a pub on September 22.

Grief Matters, a Southwark-based charity, will be hosting an evening of music and comedy at the Elephant and Castle pub in Elephant and Castle.

Grief Matters is a newly-established not-for-profit organisation which was launched to meet the needs of those who have lost loved ones through complex bereavement.

Complex bereavement refers to the loss of a loved one through unnatural causes, such as murder, suicide, or tragic accident, and can relate to losing somebody of a very young age and people who have suffered multiple bereavements.

The charity is supported by comedienne Jo Brand and local politicians Neil Coyle MP and Councillor Jasmine Ali.

The benefit gig will feature local up-and-coming musicians and comedians with an eclectic mix of local talent, including Alice Studdert-Kennedy, Gravey, Marcus Gray, Brunk and Nioka.

The evening will be compered by the charismatic Carl Chamberlain, AKA Calm Carl, plus DJ Charmain and DJ Byron.

Event organiser and counsellor at Grief Matters, Julie Sale, said the event was all about exposure and awareness for the new non-profit organisation.

“There’s always a need in Southwark for grief counselling,” said Julie.

“Asylum seekers and refugees and gang related losses mean that lots of people need support.

“A few of us counsellors working in Southwark’s bereavement service decided to start something ourselves with a very specialised staff who are experts in the field.

“But we need to raise awareness. We’ve had a few cake sales which have been alright but this is very exciting. It’s brought the best out in everyone helping.

“I went to lots of gigs and open mic nights to see the best talent in the local area. I’ve seen them perform and I liked them so I’m very excited to see the play.”

Sian Bride, bassist for one of the bands to play on the night, Gravey, said: “The Grief Matters project is really important to us and we are grateful to be able to support it.

We’ve been personally affected by loss and seen how knife crime and other violent crime has affected our community.

It’s particularly devastating for those of us who have lost someone close to us in that way.

Those victims and their families are often vulnerable people anyway, and it’s amazing that this project is being made to support them.”

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