Before work begins on the next Radiohead album, drummer Phil Selway will be"foolishly" running in the London Marathon 2002, in two weeks time on Sunday 14th April.
"I am writing to ask if you would kindly sponsor me for this event, and help me raise much-needed funds for The Samaritans."
The Samaritans, the UK-based charity offering 24hour availability and support to people who are going through a period of crisis and who may have suicidal feelings, they are part of a worldwide organisation Befrienders International.
The charity has a history of support from Radiohead members, and as Phil says: "I'm hoping to run the London Marathon in four hours. In those four hours, The Samaritans will take around 2,200 calls from people who are in need of emotional support. The Samaritans will listen to them, giving them the time and space to say how they are really feeling."
"I'm aiming to raise £4,500, but hoping that the total will be much higher." As of 5pm today the total has passed £9,600
All sponsors will be entered into a draw to win the drumkit which was used on various tracks on 'OK Computer', including 'Exit Music' and 'Paranoid Android'. The kit is a five-piece cherry-red Premier XPK, complete with cymbal stands and a bass-drum pedal. The ride and crash cymbals and hi-hats are made by Zildjian, and were also used in the OK Computer sessions.
To make a donation use the link where you can choose the amount to sponsor Phil. Be sure to add your full name to a visitors book to be used to pick the drumkit winner.
"Thank you for your time and support.
With blisters on my feet