We spoke to the fourth year student who threw a charity gig for their 21st

Lewis aimed to raise £21,000


University of Aberdeen Mechanical Engineering student Lewis Hazel, celebrated his milestone 21st by organising a charity gig in his hometown of St. Andrews.

He wanted to raise funds and awareness for mental health charities Breathing Space and Touched by Suicide Scotland.

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The fourth year student was inspired to do this after two boys from his old high school, Madras College, committed suicide. Lewis told the University of Aberdeen that: "As I started approaching my 21st birthday, I was thinking about how I wanted to celebrate and I decided rather than having a party, I would rather organise something that would allow the whole community to come together.

"I decided upon a gig as I think music is something that brings people together and always helps to raise a smile. Although the inspiration behind the project is sad, I really wanted to help raise spirits and if we can raise funds and awareness of suicide at the same time, then even better."

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The now 21-year-old received a huge amount of support from friends, family, local businesses and the St. Andrews community which helped him dramatically with the fundraising goal of £21,000.

The event, which was held on 16th February, was headlined by Glasgow-based Man of Moon with November Lights, Zoe Graham and DJ Ryzy also among the lineup, and was compered by STV's Laura Boyd.

Lewis is stilll accepting donations via his Just Giving page, every little helps.