Love, Blood and Covers

Iain Gordon-Smith
Julia Gordon-Smith


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Raised offline: £0.00

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[vmgvideo class="ql-video" allowfullscreen="true" src="" frameborder="0"][/vmgvideo][vmgvideo class="ql-video" allowfullscreen="true" src="" frameborder="0"][/vmgvideo][vmgvideo class="ql-video" allowfullscreen="true" src="" frameborder="0"][/vmgvideo][p]LOVE, BLOOD & COVERS [/p][p]Hi, I’m Iain Gordon-Smith, a musician and Haemophiliac. Together with my mum singer/actress Julia Gordon-Smith (stage name Julia Dow), on behalf of the Contaminated Blood Fund, we have put together this fundraiser to support the creation of the Contaminated Blood Tree; a proposed permanent tribute in recognition of all those Infected and Affected by the Contaminated Blood Scandal, of whom my Grandad Peter Gordon-Smith was one.[/p][p]The Contaminated Blood Scandal is a medical treatment disaster which has seen the infection of thousands of patients across Scotland, the UK and around the globe with HIV, Hepatitis B, C and even variant CJD (mad cow disease) through the use of infected blood products over a twenty-year period from the 1970’s through the 1980’s and later - most of whom were Haemophiliacs. With vast evidence pointing towards medical cover ups, no government, health body or pharmaceutical company has yet taken any responsibility with families and survivors still awaiting for official recognition and justice for the damage that was done.[/p][p]The permanent tribute is an abstraction of the Weeping Willow Tree, to be forged in metal and to be set in the heart of Edinburgh. It will be a symbol of remembrance and a place of reflection, dedicated to all lives lost and to honour their carers and loved ones; those who continue to seek justice and uncover the truth behind a disaster which must never be allowed to happen again.[/p][p]OUR STORY[/p][p]My Grandad Pete contracted Hepatitis C through the use of infected factor VIII while on a hospital visit relating to his haemophilia in the early 80’s. Previous to his infection he held a challenging, active job as an SYHA Warden in Edinburgh and at night ‘depped’ all over the Lothians as a bass player, often at short notice. Indeed, at his funeral in August 2018, a seasoned musician and music lecturer noted, “We were always amazed at his musicality. Peter could play anything you threw at him...”. But like so many others, after his after his infection began to take its toll, he lived a permanently debilitated life and, despite his immediate families' best efforts, spent much of his final years isolated. He died two and a half years ago with cancer of the liver, a direct result of Hepatitis C. This is just one story of many thousands. [/p][p]On the final birthday my Mum spent with her Dad, my aunt Rachel produced a handmade birthday card from Pete with a cartoon and caption: “Keep on Singing. Keep on Acting. Keep on Being You”. With this blessing, Mum very soon asked me to help her create a body of musical work in dedication to him and to honour this ‘final wish’.[/p][p]Along with a band of friends, we recorded 6 tracks on Father’s Day 2019 at Bell Studios, in Acton, London. and are now releasing these six songs - our own versions of popular songs which we feel have their own relevance to this cause - in dedication to all those infected and affected by this disaster and as the centrepiece of this fundraiser towards the creation of the Edinburgh tribute. Through this medium, we hope that others will connect and understand the feelings of pain and loss suffered by so many surrounding this tragedy.[/p][p]Our 6th song, Nancy Sinatra's 'These Boots are Made for Walking', will be released on the 11th of May 2021 with more to come over the following months. Check Below for all of our related music and social media links![/p][p]Spotify:[/p][p][/p][p]Apple Music[/p][p][url=] [/url][/p][p]Keep up with our fundraiser here -[/p][p]Instagram:[/p][p][url=][/url][/p][p]Facebook:[/p][p][url=][/url][/p][p]Tik Tok:[/p][p][/p][p]Check us out, keep up to date, and ‘Listen, Share, Donate!’[/p][p]Thank you,[/p][p]Iain and Julia Gordon-Smith[/p]
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Personal Challenge Date

11 May 2021


Jun 6, 2021



plus £2.50 Gift Aid

May 27, 2021


Delighted to contribute to such a good cause xx

May 19, 2021



May 13, 2021


Great way to raise money for a worthwhile cause, well done


plus £3.75 Gift Aid

May 8, 2021


Loving the tunes and good vibes Iain and co. Sending love (but no blood or covers) from Berlin! Beth x

Apr 28, 2021

Kathryn Sword

Awesome work, I’ll definitely be catching up with what you’re up to. Great tribute to your grandad and other affected by this. X


plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Apr 21, 2021



plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Apr 20, 2021



Apr 11, 2021



Apr 8, 2021

Rob McGuire

all the best guys. keep it up.


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