SOUTH Shields singer Joe McElderry helped raise £25,000 at a fundraising concert for victims of the Japanese tsunami.
The 20-year-old X Factor and Popstar to Operastar champ performed as the headline act at JapaNOISE at The Sage Gateshead, on Saturday.
The star-studded event had been organised by Northumbrian Water’s Jane Morland to boost coffers for the Japanese Disaster Fund.
Organisers are delighted.
Jane, a corporate responsibility team leader, said: “I think in this financial climate, £25,000 is an incredible amount to have raised from just one night – we have almost doubled the amount in the fund. The night exceeded all expectations, and the feedback has been tremendous.”
Joe was thrilled to be taking part in the gig, and took to Twitter on Sunday to address his fans. He tweeted: “Wow. Amazing show! Loved last night.”
Kingsley and Sayoko Smith, from the North East Japanese Women’s Association, established the JDF and were present at the show.
Joe decided to take part in the event after watching with horror after the earthquake and tsunami hit Japan in March last year.
He previously said: “When the tsunami first hit, we all saw it on the news and all over the papers, but you never see the aftermath of it – and that’s when people really need help.”
He added: “When I was asked to take part in this event, I looked on the internet to find out what was happening now, and people don’t realise the devastation.
“If I can stand on stage and sing and help to raise money to help those in need, then I’m proud to be part of it.”