British expat musicians are joining together to support injured Perth soccer player Danny Hodgson at a fundraising concert on Friday.
The event at Badlands Bar in Northbridge will feature acts originally hailing from Hodgson’s native England who hope the benefit concert can contribute a few “quid” towards funding his long road to recovery.
Hodgson was allegedly punched outside a Perth train station in the early hours of September 5.
Last Thursday he was moved out of Royal Perth Hospital’s ICU ward, where he had spent 59 days, and was admitted to the trauma unit.
All proceeds from the fundraiser will directly support Hodgson’s recovery.
The gig’s performers include Skarpers, The Parkas, The Northern Line, Radio Radio and The Accents, as well as DJs General Justice and Mumma Trees.
Skarper’s bassist Dave Shaw said the fundraiser is a testament to the strong camaraderie in the British expat community.
“When we heard about it in the news, we immediately knew we needed to do something to help,” he said.
“Danny is one of our own, and we want to show support for him, his family, friends and the football community.
“It’s a reminder that everyone back home is also keeping Danny in their thoughts and prayers.
“We hope people will come out and have a bit of fun while contributing to a really worthy cause.”
Hodgson’s parents Peter and Nicola flew out of the UK to be by their son’s bedside and said they are overwhelmed by the community’s support.
“Danny loves Australia but he also has a strong connection to the UK where he was born, so this event is a special coming together of both of his homes,” said Peter.
“We are enormously grateful for the fundraising that will help Danny and his girlfriend Jess travel the tough road they have ahead without having major financial worries hanging over their head in the immediate future.”