STUDENTS have turned to their love of rock music to raise money for charity.

Music journalism students Adam West and Shaun Cole have set up a record label as part of a project for their University of Huddersfield degrees.

The third year duo contacted a host of West Yorkshire bands and are set to release a nine-track CD in aid of leukaemia charity Anthony Nolan.

The pair financed the project themselves along with a £100 boost from Keighley community radio station Dry Stone Radio.

They now hope to raise more than £500 through sales of the CD, which features top local artists including Audit Control, Ben Marron, Ashe Vendetta and Ellen and the Escapades.

Shaun, 20, said they were very pleased that some fairly big names had signed up for their cause.

He said: “We know quite a lot of the bands from seeing them live.

“We went to some gigs around Huddersfield and contacted the bands and told them about the cause.

“All the bands were very willing to help.

“I’ve been a fan of Ellen and the Escapades for a while so it’s great that we managed to get their support.

“The same goes for Wot Gorilla?, they’ve both played the BBC Introducing Stage at Leeds Festival, so for them to agree to it was terrific.”

“Originally we wanted to record the tracks, but because of costs the bands have just donated the tracks and we’ve had them professionally mixed on to CD.”

The Anthony Nolan charity runs the UK’s largest stem cell register which is used to find matches for leukaemia sufferers who require a transplant.

The charity was supported by the late Huddersfield Examiner reporter Adrian Sudbury who launched his Sign Up For Sudders campaign after falling ill with leukaemia in 2006.

After a high profile appeal, including a meeting with prime minister Gordon Brown and interviews on ITV and BBC, Adrian sadly died aged 27 in August 2008.

His campaign is being continued by former Examiner journalist Katie Campling, who now works for the charity.

Shaun said the charity was also very close to his heart as his sister’s fiancé Aaron Ainger had passed away from leukaemia, aged just 21.

Shaun said while they hoped to raise a decent amount of cash, the main goal was to boost awareness of the charity.

He added: “A lot of people ask us what the charity is, so we always send out information about it. The problem isn’t just matching blood type, it’s matching the stem cell itself.

“Ideally it needs everybody to be on the register for a chance of saving somebody’s life – that’s the ultimate goal for Anthony Nolan.”

Shaun and Adam are holding a CD launch party at Huddersfield bar The Other Rooms on March 25.

The CD will be on sale at the party and the pals hope to sell it on campus and via Facebook (

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