Paolo Nutini told he has 'no idea' the impact he has had on local charity

-Credit: (Image: Daily Record)
-Credit: (Image: Daily Record)

Paolo Nutini has been told that he has “no idea” the impact he has had on a Renfrewshire charity ahead of a special local gig.

The Paisley -born singer is set to turn out at Paisley Town Hall on Tuesday, August 6 as part of a special fundraising gig for the Star Project.

Heather Kay, manager at the poverty-tackling charity, says that it is “mind-blowing” that someone like Paolo Nutini is playing a gig to help raise funds for them.

Explaining she was delighted that he has also helped raise the profile of the organisation, she said: “We are thrilled and humbled about the whole situation.

“We need to still pinch ourselves that this is happening because it is huge for us.

“I don’t think that Paolo has any idea of what he has done to make the charity safer to approach and engage for people.

“Now, people have a legitimate excuse to come up and go ‘oh I text about the Paolo tickets, can you tell me a bit more about [the charity]’ kind of thing.

“That will soon allow people to realise that the Star Project could be for them too as anyone can come to us for absolutely anything or any reason.”

Today is also the last chance for people to enter to potentially win tickets to see his exclusive hometown show - his only Scottish date of 2024.

To be in with a chance to win, donate via text by entering ‘PAOLO’ to 84903.

The last couple of years for the Star Project have been described as challenging by Heather.

-Credit:Andrew Neil
-Credit:Andrew Neil

The charity has been at the heart of efforts to support Paisley families through the cost-of-living crisis while continuing its efforts to tackle food insecurity, bolster mental health and tackle social isolation.

Despite ever growing demand for its services, Heather said it will always make space for any Buddie in need.

“As busy as we are, we will always shoe horn more people in,” she said. “The building is growing, and we will keep trying to expand it to fit as many people in.

“The show in August is something for us, everyone as a team, to be proud of after what has been a few hard years for the charity.”

Nutini added: “We wanted to organise a show to try and raise as much money as we can.

“The Star Project here in Paisley tackles poverty in many forms.

“They support the community in whatever way they need, be that financial support, mental health, homelessness, addiction, children in poverty and adults experiencing loneliness.

“Those who can’t afford to eat are fed through their community fridge and food service and they offer their community access to creative, cultural and playful opportunities.

“They treat people holistically and it doesn’t matter what age you are. If you need support, they are there to help. This is why they need our donations to help them continue the amazing work they do.”

The tickets are available to win via a £3 ‘text to donate’ competition, which closes tomorrow, July 7.

Proceeds from the event will also be shared with Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors without Borders, who provide humanitarian and medical care in Gaza and The West Bank.

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