Gloria says, “Music has the power to inspire and to reconcile, it touches people through time and over great distances, it brings us together. The Light of Love foundation wishes, as Marc Bolan did, to inspire children, to give them the chance to learn to play music instruments, to write, to compose, to produce records, and to be heard by the world.”
Please watch our Charity Launch event video below for more information and interviews with the team and sponsors:
The launch of the ‘Light of Love UK’ charity took place at Ognisko, Exhibition Road, Kensington, London with the Oscar-winning, 60s & 70s Motown sensation, Gloria Jones as host.
LONDON, UK – Monday 13th July 2015: The Light of Love UK was officially established to raise funds to support the Marc Bolan School of Music. Gloria Jones, the 1970s Motown sensation, Northern Soul singer famous for the original version of ‘Tainted Love’ and Marc Bolan’s partner, joined forces with Jed Dmochowski, a teacher and singer-songwriter, to set up the Light of Love charity to raise 40,000 pounds to build an inspirational new music and dance school in Sierra Leone, West Africa.
The launch event took place in the main ballroom above Ognisko, Exhibition Road, Kensington, London, where friends and family of the late Marc Bolan, 70s glam rock legend and creator of T. Rex, joined together with talented artists from music, film, theatre, fashion and the arts.
Harry Feld, Marc’s brother, brought some nostalgia to the event stating how proud Marc would have been of those who have supported the initiative so far, and how much Marc loved children.
The celebratory event was made even more special as Marc Bolan enthusiasts, friends and fans attended to donate auction gifts, musical instruments for the school and money to help support the fundraising initiative.
- A shirt worn by Marc Bolan from T. Rex fan, Colm O’Connor
- A guitar for the children attending the Marc Bolan School of Music donated by T. Rex fan, Mark Sheehan
- A replica guitar donated by the Deborah Bonham Band
- A cheque for £5,000 raised through various fundraising events
- A truly inspiring and beautiful scarf designed exclusively for the launch from fashion house, Teatum Jones
- The presentation of a piece of land in Ghana as a basis for the next school to be built in West Africa, from Adjei Amaning.
Below is a Gallery of some of the photos taken from the launch event:
Ahead of the official charity launch, gloria took time out to speak with Liz Kershaw, about the school, tainted love and of course her other two light of loves Rolan & Marc. Please click the image below to listen to the conversation