Today saw the launch of Bord & Bred: A Showcase of Yorkshire’s Finest, a record released to raise funds for a very unique cause.
Emily Carney produces music under the name Ame Bleu and also writes for the music blog The Audio Club. She recently put together a compilation album featuring some of Yorkshire’s best new artists and bands, with all of the proceeds going to her friend Rhian, a fellow musician who is returning to her native Australia at the end of the year.
Emily says, ‘the reason that I put together the album to raise funds for her is because sadly Rhian had been in and out of hospital for the past year due to chronic sciatica and nerve damage in her back and legs. At the age of 23 she has undergone numerous painful operations, including having metal discs placed in her spine. Due to severe restrictions her condition has put on her, she has been unable to work. Her mum has loaned her some of the money to get back to Australia – a move which is necessary as the cold climate over here only prolongs and intensifies the pain that she is still suffering from – and she has managed to scrape the rest from a small amount of savings she had.

Despite numerous reworkings of her budget in every possible way, Rhian doesn’t have the funds to take her beloved dog to Australia with her. Emily continues, ‘I know that it may seem silly to be trying to raise funds to help send a dog to Australia, as I have had some backlash from people saying that “If you can afford to go to Australia you can afford to take your dog”, though this backlash was from people who didn’t know anything about Rhian and Lacey’s story. I have made it clear to everyone who has been involved in this project that I am aware that there are so many brilliant causes that people can donate to, and in no way am I trying to make light of or detract attention from them. I simply want to help Rhian raise some money so that she can start a new better life with her best friend by her side, because she thoroughly deserves it.’

Many of our readers are dog lovers and I know that they’d appreciate this. The love of animals have amazing healing qualities and so I personally wish her well and send good luck to Emily and her brilliant mission.
The album has gone up for sale this evening. Do go and check it out via the following link. The album features a track from the popular Barnsley indie outfit, Demographic and the relatively new Barnsley instrumental project An Orchestra of One.

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