George Matlock meets Chris Hook, administrator for the Gus Dudgeon Foundation for Recording Arts.
GM: Chris, apart from offering the fans a fabulous chance to own this splendid and collectable Gold Disc, why are you offering this at this time?
Chris Hook: In order to complete a studio that Gus would be proud of we really need to raise quite a lot of money. Currently the studio is quite limited. The Gold Disc idea is about awareness of the GDF as much as fund raising – it is a way of reminding fans worldwide that the website and the charity exists and is still on course to achieve great things in Gus’s name.
GM: Have you in mind any target proceeds?
CH: No, whatever it raises will be welcome.
GM: Has there been a lot of interest from fans of Elton’s (and others) in this fundraiser?
CH: There has, donations have been coming in almost every day, having said that, with under 200 entries people have a very good chance of winning.
GM: What’s the closing date for people to participate? –
CH: the last entry will be accepted up to midnight on the 31st January, 2005.
GM: You have someone very special lined up to announce the winner, haven’t you?
CH: We have, the draw will be performed by Kiki Dee on the 5th February outside the Mill, Gus’s old studio.