A BAND is donating all of their profits from album sales to help victims of the devastating earthquake in Japan.
Soul Sanctuary decided to do their bit to help out after seeing images of destroyed towns following the powerful quake and tsunami, which struck the country on Friday, March 11.
Luke Gibson, of West Hill Road, who is one of the band’s lead vocalists, said: “Our hearts go out to the people of Japan who have had their lives devastated.
“We were all really shocked when we saw the news footage and wanted to find a way of helping out with the relief effort, so I put forward the idea.
“All profits from our Afterlife CD album sales between now and March 31 will be donated to the Red Cross, which is out in Japan helping victims.
“I have no idea how much we will raise in the end, as it really depends on how much profit we make. Even if it is a few hundred pounds that would be brilliant.
“If we make more, we will be over the moon.”
Soul Sanctuary, which has six members, announced their decision on their page on social networking site Facebook within hours after the earthquake, which measured 9 on the Richter scale.
So far almost 3,700 people have been confirmed dead since the disaster, but it is feared the total death toll will be more than 20,000 following the quake, which devastated Japan’s north-east coast.
Hundreds of thousands of people have also been evacuated from the region where the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is, which was badly damaged and been the scene of several explosions since.
Soul Sanctuary are also writing a dedicated single, of which the profits will go to charity indefinitely, and is set to be released this week. If anyone wishes to help the band raise money log onto www.soulsanctuarymusic.com/helpjapan.