A 24-hour, non-stop DJ set by legendary Leicester based DJ, Fitz Samuel (AKA DJ Fitz), has raised thousands of pounds for 2 local charities. Fitz has been playing in Leicester clubs, pubs and at private parties for 25 years. The well-known and loved Leicester DJ decided he wanted to celebrate this landmark by raising funds for two local charities. He set himself the challenge of DJing non-stop for 24 hours from noon on Sunday 25th until noon on Sunday 26th August at the event which was hosted by The Exchange Bar in Leicester’s Cultural Quarter.
Fitz chose to support two local charities – Soft Touch Arts who use music and arts to engage with and change the lives of disadvantaged young people; and the Big Difference Company the charity behind the Leicester Comedy Festival who organise many community wellbeing projects.
The event was organised with the help of Tracey Miller of the Miller Partnership who loves Fitz’s music and local businesses sponsored different themed music hours. Friends and family turned out to support Fitz and to cheer him on throughout the epic 24-hour music marathon. At the end of the set a tired but happy Fitz announced that the challenge had raised a whopping £6010 for the two charities.
DJ Fitz said: “I was born in Highfields, lived in Braunstone and went to New Parks Boys School so I kind of know how difficult things can get and just felt that by using music I could give something back to help young people in this city. It was really emotional at the end of the challenge: as The Cure song goes - ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ - I can confirm that men do”
Christina Wigmore, director at Soft Touch Arts said: “I’ve known Fitz probably for the whole 25 years he’s been DJing. This is such an amazing achievement and I know he must feel really proud that he’s used the power of music to help young people in difficult life situations reach their potential by raising funds to support our charity’s music projects”
Geoff Rowe, from Big Difference Company said: “this incredible event from Fitz was just amazing and we were thrilled when he offered to help raise money for the community projects we do across the city and county. A huge thanks must go to him, and all the businesses that supported the event, and I hope Fitz managed to sleep once the music had been turned off at the end of the 24 hours.”
If you know Fitz or just want to support the two charities, his fundraising page is still open for donations. Just search DJ Fitz Virgin Moneygiving.