Andy Burnham’s DJ battle raises £20K for Greater Manchester’s ‘A Bed For a Night’ charity

The music of Manchester and Liverpool went head-to-head in a one-off DJ battle.

By Emma Davidson | December 6th '22

Andy Burnham secured victory for Manchester in front of a packed crowd at Manchester’s Mayfield Depot last Friday, with the well-fought DJ battle so far raising over £20,000 for charity.

All the money from the sold out event will go toward A Bed Every Night, the flagship scheme which aims to provide a bed (and wraparound support) for anyone rough sleeping, or at risk of rough sleeping, in Greater Manchester.

Donations are still incoming, but the money raised so far will fund over 600 nights of accommodation, with food, and full wrap-around support for those that need it most.

Tim Heatley, Chair of the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity, said:

“It was just an epic night with a really positive vibe. We can’t thank everyone enough who gave up their time and showed up to support a really worthy cause. Those on the decks were all on top form and it means a lot that so many people continue to get behind our efforts to support people at risk of homelessness when they need it most. To everyone who turned out, bought a drink, made a donation and danced all night – a massive thank you.

“We’ve recently launched our 1,000 Beds for Christmas campaign and we’re always blown away by how many get behind it. Especially at a time when incomes are squeezed, it’s a demonstration of people’s generosity that they still choose to donate to others.”

The fundraiser saw special guests out in force. Alongside the mayors, Labour’s Deputy Leader and Ashton-under-Lyne MP Angela Rayner dropping N-Trance’s ‘Set You Free’ was a standout moment.

The celebration of the region’s music scene saw Rowetta, Nihal Arthanayake, Stanley Chow and Clint Boon show up for Manchester, whilst Team Liverpool boasted Peter Reid, Ian McCulloch, The Farm, and actress Sue Johnston.

Mayors Andy Burnham and Steve Rotheram have already promised a re-match in 2023 – next time on Liverpool soil.

A Bed Every Night was launched in 2018 by Andy Burnham, supported by the Charity, and provides emergency accommodation for anyone rough sleeping across the city-region, regardless of status, as well as vital personal support.

Since 2018, A Bed Every Night has helped over 4,000 people and been instrumental in reducing rough sleeping in the region by 75%, since its peak in 2017 (as of June 2022). The 2021 ‘1000 Beds for Christmas campaign saw an overwhelming response from the public, and raised over £34,000, funding 1139 nights of accommodation, along with wrap-around support. Due to the current cost of living and energy crisis, there’s an increased need to offer support this winter.

The Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity is also concerned that many more people will end up at risk of homelessness due to ongoing turbulent economic conditions and uncertainty over Universal Credit. A Bed Every Night is already supporting over 600 people currently needing a place to stay.

Appeal for extra donations

One night of accommodation for one person, with full wraparound support, costs just £30 – so the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity is asking that if anyone is able to give more, that they make additional donations via the Charity’s official ‘1,000 Beds for Christmas’ JustGiving page.

1,000 Beds for Christmas is the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity’s annual winter fundraising campaign which will formally launch later this month. A voluntary donation of £20, on top of a £10 ticket price (plus fees), will mean one night has been fully funded. Note that only those with an official ticket, purchased via Eventbrite, will be able to access the DJ battle event itself.