Our chairman, Chris Green, recently announced three charities that he has nominated to receive charity funds raised by PPA events over the next year. We have named two in other PPA news articles (Planets and Portsmouth Stroke Rehabilitation Team) and we’re delighted to introduce the third of his chosen trio – Tonic Music for Mental Health.
Tonic Music for Mental Health is a not-for-profit organisation based in Highland Road, Southsea, and it was established in June 2012. Terry Hall (The Specials) and Kevin Cummins (music photographer) are both Tonic patrons.
Tonic is both a shop and a music space and the team here raises awareness and challenges the stigma often associated with mental illness, through music and art based events. They organise music workshops, gigs, art groups, and community projects throughout the year for people experiencing mental health problems.
Tonic supports musicians and artists by funding art and music projects that helps individual recovery and enables the individual to earn an income through their craft.
Chris said that he chose this charity because he feels that music has always helped him and he feels that the work Tonic does can definitely help other individuals, through the medium of music.