Rosie playing guitar

Teen Learns Guitar in Honour of Linkin Park's Chester Bennington

A teenager from Basingstoke learned to play the guitar and raised £1300 for Samaritans by holding a fundraising gig in memory of Linkin Park’s front man, Chester Bennington.

Rosie Woods was saddened by news of Chester Bennington’s death and felt she needed to do something to raise awareness of suicide.

The 13-year-old said: “When my mum and dad told me I was heartbroken because I really wanted to go and see them.  When they told me how he died I realised that we need to pay more attention to people with mental health issues and it doesn’t matter if you are rich and famous. I decided to turn my sadness into something practical.

“I had just started learning to play electric guitar, and I challenged myself to learn one Linkin Park song by the end of the school holidays. I managed it and have really enjoyed learning the song. I think it’s important that people support charities like Samaritans as they do a lot of good work and we should all be aware of looking out for each other. I also think it’s really important that young people know it’s ok to not be ok.”

Samaritans branch director Tina Pickering from Basingstoke said: “We’re so grateful for Rosie’s support, it’s the public’s kind donations that help us to ensure we can be there for anyone struggling to cope. The money raised is going to help us to provide the people who contact us for help with a safe space to be able to express their feelings and not feel judged.”

Rosie initially set herself a goal of £500 and after meeting that, she decided to hold the music event in her local pub, the White Hart in London Road, Basingstoke. Over 60 people came along to the gig.

If you’d like to support Rosie in her fundraising efforts visit her Just Giving page now: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rosiew-lp