Def Leppard and Last In Line guitarist Vivian Campbell has teamed up with Northern Ireland Hospice to become a celebrity ambassador with the palliative care charity which cares for more than 3,500 adults and children every year.
The much-acclaimed Belfast-born guitarist, who was himself diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2013, confirmed his new role prior to a concert in London last weekend, where he met with Northern Ireland Hospice chairperson Margaret Butler.
“I’ve always considered myself to be blessed in my music career and it makes me proud that an organization such as Northern Ireland Hospice recognize this and have asked that I represent what they do,” Campbell told Belfast Live. “I have personal experience too with my battle with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and I can empathise with patients and families on their journeys. Northern Ireland Hospice is a wonderful organization that I am happy to support and highlight the palliative care services it provides.”
Butler added: “It’s unbelievably exciting for Northern Ireland Hospice to have Vivian Campbell join us as an ambassador. Vivian took a particular interest in what we do at Hospice and was fascinated that music therapy plays an important part in what we provide for patients and their families. He is invested in what Northern Ireland Hospice is about and he was born here, so as much as he represents us, he also belongs to us. We are very proud of his achievements in music and we are extremely proud to have him associated with Northern Ireland Hospice.”
As uDiscover Music previously reported, Def Leppard will release the appropriately-dubbed Volume One, the first salvo in their projected, four-volume career-spanning box set series, through Bludgeon Riffola/Mercury/UMe on 1 June. The band are also embarking on a hotly-anticipated co-headlining tour with Journey which kicks off in Hartford, CT on 21 May and wraps up in Los Angeles on 6 October. Def Leppard then head to the UK and Ireland for a further series of dates.
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