You chance to rock out for charity at Status Quo gig

GOOD ROCKING: Crowds at the concert
GOOD ROCKING: Crowds at the concert
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As legendary rockers Status Quo prepare to wow the crowds, a local charity wants you to show off your best air guitar moves and help their campaign go viral.

St Catherine’s Hospice in Lostock Hall challenges you to become an Air Guitar Hero to celebrate its 30th birthday and the upcoming Status Quo concert.

Status Quo

Status Quo

The band is the headline act at this years Symphony at the Tower on July, 3 to raise funds for the the charity is urging people to rock the air guitar challenge at the Hoghton Tower event.

A group of nurses from the hospice’s inpatient unit inspired the #airguitarchallenge after filming their own tribute to the Quo classic ‘Rockin’ All Over the World.’

Lorraine Charlesworth, Director of Income Generation at the charity, said: “St Catherine’s is a charity which was created by local people, for local people, and its work only continues today thanks to the amazing generosity of our wonderful supporters.

“Symphony at the Tower is a very special event in our month of 30th anniversary events.

We want this will be our biggest and best Symphony at the Tower yet but we need our supporters to join in the fun on the night and before.

Lorraine Charlesworth

“This is about much more than a musical concert, posh picnic or even an air guitar challenge – it’s about celebrating all that has been achieved in the past three decades, whilst making a valuable contribution to ensure an important local charity is here for another 30 years and beyond.”

Just like with other viral challenges, like the no make up selfie campaign and the ice bucket challenge, people are urged to upload their video to social media and nominate friends and family using the hash-tag #airguitarchallenge.

Supporters, businesses, patients and staff have all got on board, sharing the message and texting Hospice Guitar to 70444 to donate £3 to St Catherine’s.

And here’s your chance. As part of their 30th birthday Give A Gift appeal, run in partnership with the Lancashire Evening Post, St Catherine’s wants to recruit 3,000 air guitar heroes ­and hopes readers and Symphony goers will help them hit their target.

Lorraine said: “It is the perfect way to end our celebrations on a high ­in a blaze of fireworks and popping champagne corks!

“The Symphony has been so well supported over the years – we’d love to welcome back all those people who have been part of it in the past, as well as those who are coming along for the first time.

“We want this will be our biggest and best Symphony at the Tower yet but we need our supporters to join in the fun on the night and before.

“St Catherine’s is all about people – from every doctor, nurse and volunteer to each supporter who makes our work possible.

“Symphony at the Tower is a brilliant opportunity to bring all these people together for a wonderful celebration in the name of a great cause.”

For tickets, including weekend passes and VIP packages, visit:, call at the hospice or ring: 01772 629171.

Become an air guitar hero in 5 easy steps

1. Pick your favourite tune with an amazing guitar rift or two ­ any type or genre of music that takes your fancy ­ and decide if you’re doing it solo or in a group.

2. Think about any props you might want ­ rock star shades? A cool dude leather jacket? A head­banging hair­do?

3. Get someone to film you playing along on your air guitar ­ don’t forget to include an introduction along these lines: This is my/our Air Guitar Challenge to celebrate 30 years of St Catherine’s Hospice. I’ve/we’ve donated £3 by texting Hospice Guitar to 70444. I /we nominate xxx.

4. Text HOSPICE GUITAR to 70444 to donate £3

5. Upload it to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, tagging those you have nominated and ‘St Catherine’s Hospice, Lancashire’ / @StCatherinesPre in your post. Francis Rossi, eat your heart out!