A 24-hour ‘drumathon’ for MIND!

Drumathon duo - Jason Odle, 24, and Joe Bothamley, 25.

Drumathon duo - Jason Odle, 24, and Joe Bothamley, 25.

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Two young Harrogate rock musicians are taking on a 24-hour Drumathon in aid of mental health charity, Mind.

Joe Bothamley, 25 and Jason Odle, 24 are undertaking the non-stop feat of musical and physical endurance tomorrow, Friday, June 8.

Both men, who have been musicians for over 15 years and played in local bands together, will be drumming for the full 24 hours straight...with no breaks!

Joe Bothamley, who is the drummer for popular rock band Kasiuss, said: “When we first had the idea of doing the Drumathon it sounded fun and different. We have chosen the charity as the cause is something dear to us both.

“Mental Health problems are very hard to understand, and I think the work that Mind do to raise awareness about the importance of protecting and promoting good mental health is crucial. If we end up creating an awareness for Mind, it will have been worth it. We hope to raise £2,500.”

Jason Odle, who was also a member of Kasiuss but now plays drums for the Dan Burnett Band, was one of the two ‘human mannequins’ who raised more than £15,000 for Saint Michaels Hospice back in October by living in a shop window for a week. Joe and Jason will be starting at 9pm on Friday playing along to Montey’s rock playlist until finish.

Jason said: We don’t really know how well we are going to do, we just know that 24 hours of drumming will be a killer!

In the morning, after a night playing to a webcam, the guys will move to Harrogate Town Centre to perform in the street with various guests before returning to Montey’s for the final stint.

Visit www.charitydrumathon.com for information on the event and view the blog.

To donate money towards the challenge, visit www.justgiving.com/charitydrumathon