Worksop DJ's 24 hour set will raise funds for Nottinghamshire Mind
A Worksop DJ who recovered from depression is set to perform a non-stop 24 hour set to raise funds to help others grappling with mental illness.
‘DJ Stav’ aka Chris Staveley will hit the decks this Saturday (April 17) from 10am with Mc E-ll (Danny Chouler) for a 24 hour mix on Gumbo FM.
The pair previously DJ’d at NY Sushi in the early 2000s and became key figures in the Sheffield underground music scene.
This year has seen them join forces once again by hosting their own radio show, The Friday Night Social, on Gumbo.
Chris, 50, hopes to raise funds for Nottinghamsire MIND with the event after his own battle with mental illness seven years ago.
He said: “Having dealt with a few personal issues and recovered from depression myself, I look at mental health in a very different way now.
"It can affect anyone – it holds no boundaries to age or gender.
“To me, the hardest part was accepting and seeking help. From a man’s point of view it was the worst case scenario for me, as I felt like I had let people down.
"I feared I would be thought lesser of a man if I admitted I was feeling low and even worse still in my eyes thought people would think less of me, how wrong was I?
“As soon as my family and close friends became aware of my situation it felt like a dark cloud had been lifted.
“Through support help and advice from my doctor and family, for the past seven years now I am back to good health.
"Music has played a huge part in my life – DJing which I love takes me away from the day-to-day struggles of life which used to affect me.
"This is why I’ve decided to do this 24hr non-stop mix to raise money for MIND which I think is a great charity working effortlessly to help anyone who suffers with mental health.”
You can donate on Chris’s JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Chris-Staveley-Stav
The event will be live-streamed. You can watch on YouTube: https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCBJbVleYqaRTqlsTRX1X7jw
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