On Sunday 25 August ‘Quad 40’, an event that celebrated the 40th anniversary of the cult classic film Quadrophenia, took place at Brighton Palace Pier. An incredible £2,116 was raised for Brighton Housing Trust (BHT), a local homelessness charity, through a raffle and auction that formed part of the festivities.
Organiser Gary Shail, who played Spider in the film, pulled together the ultimate ‘Quadrophenia Experience’ with live music, a meet and greet session with the cast and crew, and a screening of the film both inside and outside the Pier.
Gary Shail said: “Brighton is the spiritual home of Quadrophenia and the mods and I’m so happy to be supporting a local charity helping homeless people in the city.”
Lauren Ellis, Fundraising Manager at BHT said:
“We are so pleased to have been involved in a unique event that celebrates such an iconic film. The money raised will help us to support homeless people in East Sussex through tough times, help them get back on their feet and give them the tools to make long-lasting positive changes to their lives. Thank you so much to everyone who donated!”
Andy Winter, chief executive of BHT, spoke at Quad 40. He said: “There is a very funny scene in Quadrophenia when two of the Mods wake up having slept in one of the seafront arches only to find that everyone else in that arch was a Rocker. The sad reality today is that sleeping under the pier or in a derelict arch is no laughing matter. Rough sleeping is dangerous and should not be happening in one of the richest cities in one of the richest countries in the world.”
Donations received will go towards BHT’s First Base Day Centre, helping people who are sleeping rough or are insecurely housed in the city to get off the streets, start realising their aspirations and find a place they can call home. Last year First Base provided hot showers, clean clothes, support and advice to more than one thousand people.
To learn more about The Brighton Housing Trust, click here