Youth mental health has declined in the last few years. Scottish charity Tiny Changes, set up in tribute to Frightened Rabbit frontman Scott Hutchison, aims to tackle that issue. To raise money for their first ever Make Tiny Changes Month they have some unique memorabilia up for grabs, including a bass guitar signed by Frightened Rabbit and Death Cab for Cutie.
The guitar is a unique piece of musical history, having been signed by both bands during their 2011 summer tour in the USA.
It was donated by Scott’s brother Grant Hutchison, the drummer for Frightened Rabbit who now performs with fellow Scottish band Twilight Sad. He said he and Scott always planned to auction off the bass.
“Death Cab For Cutie are a band that we all look up to and are inspired by so when we were asked to support them back in 2008 it felt a bit like a dream. We toured with them again in the US in 2011 and this bass guitar was signed by us all with a plan to auction it off at some point,” he added. “Since then it’s had an illustrious career in a cupboard under the stairs so hopefully we can find it a good home and give it a life again!”
As well as the bass auction, Make Tiny Changes Month will be fundraising through an online raffle which features an original hand-drawn greeting card by Scott Hutchison, a five-course tasting menu for two at the incredible vegan hotel Saorsa 1875 in Pitlochry, plus gifts from the likes of Atlantic Records, Aesop, Dishoom, award-winning author Max Porter, Flare Audio, Tens and more.
One in six children aged five to 16 are likely to have a mental health problem – a figure that has gone up by 50 per cent in the last three years, since the global pandemic destabilised everyone’s lives and the cost-of-living crisis hit. It’s a shocking statistic that makes the very first Make Tiny Changes Month all the more vital, said Tiny Changes CEO Kara Brown.