There are a growing number of people and organisations that we here at the RRF owe a tremendous amount of thanks and praise for their support and guidance. Without these folks we simply wouldn’t be able to do what we do!
The Hewson Family
We’d like to say a massive thank you to one of River’s closest friends, Sam Hewson and his whole family who, after the sad passing of Sam’s grandmother earlier this year, raised over £700 through kind donations.
Arriva North West
The team at Arriva have been amazing in their creative support for RRF and we’re really looking forward to launching our first official performing arts bus. We must of course also thank them again for the commissioning and launch of the Viola Beach memorial buses which currently run between St. Helens and Warrington – keep an eye out!
Bridgewater High School – Rising Stars
Rising Stars is the name of the Lower School Drama Club at Bridgewater High School, where River was a pupil for 5 years and excelled in the performing arts. On Tuesday 11th July 2017 they hosted their first ever charity performance evening and very kindly selected the River Reeves Foundation as their chosen charity. The cast prepared a series of acts around the theme ‘Growing Up’ and put on an action-packed, highly entertaining show. In total the evening raised a whopping £350 for the foundation through ticket admissions and even a cake sale before the show! So from everyone here, a huge thank you to the Rising Stars of Bridgewater and all the staff behind their inspiring work.
On 14th May 2017, Brooke, a family friend of River’s, ran 10k for the foundation and raised an impressive £200. Here’s what she had to say:
“A massive thank you to everyone who sponsored me to run 10k raising money for the River Reeves Foundation. It’s such an amazing cause in memory of River Reeves – providing financial support for young people, helping them to reach their dreams as actors, writers, artists, directors and musicians.”
Thank you Brooke!!
We would like to say a huge thank you to Chevron and the fundraising from all the guys on the Alba North Platform who, in October 2016, raised an amazing £1000! Pictured below is Rob Richardson from the Chevron team presenting the cheque. Thanks guys, you will help make a massive difference to young performers’ lives and help their dreams come true.
George is a hugely talented local artist who has been involved with the Foundation from very early on. He has produced a number of prints of River and Viola Beach, and designed some fabulous t-shirts to go with them. The sale of these items has made a massive contribution to both the RRF and the Viola Beach and Craig Tarry Memorial Fund. You can check out George’s work on his facebook page and make sure you head down to RivFest17 to meet the man himself and get your hands on some limited edition t-shirts!!
Tom @ 101s
In November 2016 The River Reeves Foundation hosted its first official charity auction meal. We auctioned some amazing prizes that were kindly donated from a range of supporters and in total raised over £3000 for both the Foundation and The Viola Beach and Craig Tarry Memorial Fund. None of this would have been possible without the guys at Tom @ 101s lending their space and help so a huge thank you to them and everyone else who helped out on the night. We hope to make this a flagship annual fundraiser so see you there soon!
Matt Grainger – Vinyl Soul
Another fantastic local artist who’s been amazingly supportive is Matt Grainger. His company, Vinyl Soul create stand-out pop-art prints of muscial icons who you’ll never fail to recognise. Matt’s Viola Beach “Boys That Sing” print is a touching tribute to the lads and their stunning no.1 album. Keep an eye out for Matt’s stall at RivFest17, where he will be selling some specially designed merchandise for the festival (see below picture). Thank you so much Matt for your continued support!
Billie Joe, our iconic press office on wheels, would simply not exist without the amazing work done by Andy and Laura at Northern Caravans in Warrington. Halfway through the Riv’s Riders Penzance to Warrington cycle challenge, things were not looking good as Billie Joe had a major breakdown and was on the brink of collapse. However, thanks to these guys’ valiant efforts he is now good as new and proudly rolling around Warrington sending our message out! Check out Northern Caravans’ website here.
Auto Renew Ltd
Another Billie Joe related thank you, this time to the guys at Auto Renew Ltd in Liverpool. Way back when the River Reeves Foundation was just starting up and we had the idea for a multicoloured rolling press office, these guys very kindly offered to spray the caravan and transform it into the rainbow masterpiece you see today (check out the before and after photos below!). And they did it all free of charge! So make sure you check out Auto Renew on facebook and at their website – take a look at the impressive vehicle body work they do.