Frightened Rabbit and Death Cab for Cutie have donated a one-of-a-kind signed bass guitar to mental health charity Tiny Changes

The bass guitar and other special items will raise funds for young people’s mental health, as part of the charity’s first Make Tiny Changes Month.

Kindly donated by Grant Hutchison, the guitar was signed by both Frightened Rabbit and Death Cab For Cutie during their 2011 summer tour in the USA. Tiny Changes will auction the guitar and host a raffle including original hand-drawn artwork by Scott Hutchison and other special items. The auction and raffle will boost the total of Make Tiny Changes Month which has raised over £15,000 so far this March for young people’s mental health.

The raffle features a number of prizes including an original hand-drawn greeting card by Scott Hutchison, a five-course tasting menu for two at the incredible vegan hotel Saorsa 1875 in Pitlochry, plus gifts from the likes of Atlantic Records, Aesop, Dishoom, award-winning author Max Porter, Flare Audio, Tens and more.

Tiny Changes is Scotland’s first national youth mental health charity which was set up in memory of artist and Frightened Rabbit frontman Scott Hutchison who passed away in May 2018. Since its inception, the charity has funded over 60 innovative mental health projects chosen by and for young people. 50% of the charity’s current projects are led by young people under 30.

Kara Brown, CEO of the charity, said: “With young people’s mental health and cost of living both at crisis point, the work of Tiny Changes and partners is more important than ever. Inequality on top of this weighs down on too many young people’s health and potential. The need for equalities-driven early mental health interventions, truly led and informed by young people is critical. Make Tiny Changes Month shows how much support and drive there is for this work and we’re so grateful to Frightened Rabbit, Death Cab for Cutie and everyone who has sent us a gift or donation this March and cheered us on. All is not lost.”

Grant Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit added: “Death Cab For Cutie are a band that we all look up to and are inspired by so when we were asked to support them back in 2008 it felt a bit like a dream. We toured with them again in the US in 2011 and this bass guitar was signed by us all with a plan to auction it off at some point. Since then it’s had an illustrious career in a cupboard under the stairs so hopefully we can find it a good home and give it a life again!”

There’s still time to join in MTCM by donating or match funding to help raise the grand total – find out more here. Tiny Changes invited individuals, workplaces and groups to take part in this month-long mass fundraising event by choosing a tiny change that would make them feel good, while raising money for the charity through sponsorship or donations.

The bass guitar auction goes live on Sunday 26 March on Tiny Changes ebay page. There’s a week left on the auction.